HOLLAND -- The sun smiled Wednesday on Tulip Time, drawing thousands of people downtown to watch the Dutch-costumed street scrubbers in the first major parade of the week-long festival.
Parade prospects in the morning looked bleak as showers doused the area. But by noon, blue skies beckoned and the only umbrellas along the route where held by people seeking shade.
"It's going to be a great festival and no rain. You can count on it," Tulip Time Executive Director Tamra Bouman said at the start of the parade, remembering last year's cold and rainy festival.