Despite rainy forecast, festivals scheduled to go on
With rain in the forecast for the weekend, NBC 10 checked with organizers of major events scheduled throughout the weekend to see how the weather could affect plans.
In most cases, organizers tell NBC 10 those events will go on rain or shine.
U.S. and international parachute jumpers will compete Saturday in South Kingstown at the University of Rhode Island in the Rhode Island National Guard's Leapfest competition. The event, cancelled in 2013 because of the government shutdown, begins at 8 a.m. with opening ceremonies and continues until the early afternoon. The Guard says it will keep the public posted if there are any rain delays.
"(Leapfest is) a fantastic event to see, but everything that we do requires a lot of planning and preparation and the execution phase is critical that we plan it correctly. So it's all training, has a lot of training value," said Lt. Col. Peter Parente, public affairs officer for the Rhode Island National Guard.
New Bedford's Feast of the Blessed Sacrament will go on as planned in the city's North End throughout the weekend. The festival, which is celebrating its 100th year, claims to be the largest Portuguese festival in the world.
In Newport, gates open each day at 10 a.m. at Fort Adams State Park and music goes from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. for the Newport Jazz Festival, celebrating its 60th year this year.
Charlestown's Seafood Festival is also still scheduled to take place, but event organizers say if there is rain, the fireworks display currently scheduled for Saturday night would be moved to Sunday night.?