Organizers might cancel Palm Sunday processional because of snow

Friday, March 22, 2013 | 3:36 p.m. CDT; updated 4:10 p.m. CDT, Friday, March 22, 2013

COLUMBIA —The annual Palm Sunday processional is at risk of cancellation this year.

Laura Davidson, the parish administrator at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown, said she expects weather will prevent the outdoor walk from happening. In the case of temperatures below 40 degrees, rain or snow on the ground, the walk will be canceled.

Snow is in the forecast for Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The Christian holiday Palm Sunday is celebrated one week before Easter in memory of Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem. Participants carry palm fronds. The day begins Holy Week, which culminates on Easter Sunday.

Columbia churches observe the holiday with a walk from the intersection of Locust and Ninth streets to the intersection of Broadway and Ninth Street. Five churches are set to participate this year, Davidson said. Calvary Episcopal, Missouri United Methodist, First Presbyterian, First Christian and Fifth Street Christian churches are all part of the celebration.

A decision will be made either Saturday night or Sunday morning and distributed via a group email list of churches, Davidson said.

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