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Riverhead’s Santa parade and bonfire postponed till tomorrow due to forecast

Riverhead’s annual Lions Club parade and the town’s holiday bonfire have been postponed till tomorrow due to the snowstorm forecast for today, organizers said this morning.

A winter storm warning remains in effect through 6 a.m. tomorrow.

The parade will step off at 3 p.m. tomorrow and the bonfire will begin at 4. The parade will come down Main Street and end on the riverfront, where Santa will visit with children in the gingerbread house. There will be caroling and free hot cocoa around the bonfire.

Councilman James Wooten said he was reluctant to make the call, because of a chance that snow accumulations might not be as high as forecast due to the chance of snow mixing with sleet or rain, but putting the bonfire off until tomorrow seemed the prudent thing to do.  The town is coordinating with the Lions Club this year for the first time, scheduling the parade and the bonfire on the same day.

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