The festive, but fickle aura of the 2017 Christmas Parade took its shape Monday in the moments before the motorcade was scheduled to start.

The festive, but fickle aura of the 2017 Christmas Parade took its shape Monday in the moments before the motorcade was scheduled to start.  Early forecasts had appeared to indicate that the rain drops were going to hold off just long enough, but then minutes before the start, a rain fall came, driving streets crowds to cover in cars and under buildings.
Then, a drizzle tempered off enough to let the parade start, but another outburst of rain minutes later deterred the marching bands that never made it all the way down Main Street.
But, a good portion of the floats, trucks and cars did make it through within 26 minutes of alternating rain and rain drops as well as Santa Claus riding high a top a Hope Fire Truck.  National Guardsmen were along the route pushing shopping carts for donations to Hope In Action, while several parade walkers, including those from the Junior Auxiliary, passed out Candy Canes.
The Christmas Parade was part of a twin bill for the City of Hope, the Chamber of Commerce and the Hope Downtown Network that started last Thursday night with the Downtown Hope Christmas Open House.
The weather, although cool, was mostly clear as an estimated 300 persons toured the downtown stores and merchants that were open.  The evening also featured various groups singing Christmas Carols at the far end of Main Street next to Tailgaters.
The night also proved to be a successful debut for the newly renovated and replaced downtown street lights, which were not only refurbished with new paint, but were also fitted with new LED lamps that effectively lit up the downtown area.