Officials salvage Celebrate Oldsmar festivities despite Hurricane Hermine

The rescheduled Oldsmar Days Centennial parade went off without a hitch under gray skies atop soggy pavement on Saturday morning.

The rescheduled Oldsmar Days Centennial parade went off without a hitch, albeit under gray skies atop soggy pavement, to kick off the Celebrate Oldsmar! festival on Saturday morning.

City officials were able to salvage much of the Celebrate Oldsmar! festivities over the Labor Day weekend despite interference from Hurricane Hermine.

With heavy rain and gusty winds from Hermine plaguing the Tampa Bay area last week, the opening of the annual Celebrate Oldsmar! event was pushed from Friday to Sunday, while the once-postponed Oldsmar Days Centennial parade took place under leaden skies atop soggy ground on Saturday morning.

Soggy conditions at R.E. Olds Park forced the postponement of the first day of Celebrate Oldsmar! on Saturday.

Soggy conditions at R.E. Olds Park forced the postponement of the first day of Celebrate Oldsmar! on Saturday.

However, due to incredibly wet conditions at R.E. Olds Park, officials were forced to postpone all of Saturday’s scheduled activities.

After moving much of Saturday’s schedule to Sunday, the weather finally cooperated, and the festival concluded with flourish of fireworks Sunday night.

“The fireworks display was amazing, and everyone was pleased the ground was dry enough to enjoy the night,” City council member and Oldsmar 100 committee chair Dan Saraki told Oldsmar Connect on Tuesday.

“I want to say thank you to the City of Oldsmar and all the employees for putting on a great event, and I also want to thank the Oldsmobile Club and all the classic Oldsmobile owners who were able to participate in the parade.”

Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis rides in the Centennial Parade on Saturday.

Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis rides in the Celebrate Oldsmar! Centennial Parade on Saturday.

Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis said he was glad they were able to pull the weekend off in the face of what was was an extremely aggravating weather situation for many.

“Considering we moved the opening from Friday to Saturday and then Saturday to Sunday, I think the turnout was fantastic,” he said.

“I think it’s a testament to the power of social media that we were able to reschedule so much of the weekend, get the word out via our various platforms, and were able to have a great turnout on Sunday.”

The mayor said they had about a 20 minute window on each end to get the parade in on Saturday morning, and although it wasn’t quite the spectacle they had planned for earlier this year, he’s happy he didn’t become a footnote in the city’s centennial year scrapbook.

“I didn’t want to be known as the mayor who cancelled two parades in one year!” Bevis said.

Here’s a look at some of the sights from Oldsmar’s Centennial parade on Saturday:

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