Festival organizers prepare for severe weather during 4th of July festivities

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Indianapolis, Ind. – There were more puddles than people at this years Carmel Fest. Festival goers were huddled under umbrellas, trying to enjoy the food and music.

“It was kind of a wash out, there is nobody here. So, it is easier to get to the stuff,” says a Carmel resident.

Now, the main concern is the severe weather that will roll in overnight and how it will effect 4th of July festivities.

“The fireworks and the parade will still go on rain or shine. The only thing that will stop us is thunder or lightning and extreme high winds,” says Carmel Fest organizer Cindy Roberts-Greiner.

If strong storms and flash flooding roll through the area, organizers are ready to push back the parade and the fireworks. The Carmel Fest 4th of July parade is set to start at 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning, but could be pushed back until 11:30 a.m. if there is thunder and lightening in the area. The fireworks display Monday night could go off around 9:45 p.m. if there is no severe weather. If there is severe weather past 11:00 p.m., the events are canceled and will not be rescheduled.

“We will watch the weather. If we get a clearing and it is light rain, we will continue,” says Roberts-Greiner.

While several other cities around Indianapolis cancelled their fireworks displays and festivals due to the rain, Carmel Fest is preparing to set off two tons of fireworks Monday night.

“An umbrella is not going to hurt you, you will be okay,” says a Carmel resident.