Karsyn Medeiros, 9, of Bristol, came prepared, sheltering under an umbrella as the skies opened up over Hope Street just before 9:30 a.m.
Parade goers began lining Hope and High streets at 5 a.m. Friday — more than five hours before the start of the parade —reserving the best viewing spots along the 4th of July Parade route.
Some even started camping out overnight, despite prohibitions on overnight camping. Others took their beds with them, catching an early morning nap while patiently waiting for the parade to step off at 10:30 a.m. Spectators stayed dry in the early morning. Then, around 9 a.m., the skies opened up and torrential rains started to fall, sending the audience at Patriotic Exercises outside Colt Memorial School scrambling.
The rain is expected to continue throughout the day as Hurricane Arthur makes its way up the east coast, but that won’t stop the parade from marching down Hope and High streets. So break out the ponchos and umbrellas and grab your spot along the route. Plenty of great viewing spots are still available.
Steven Lopes gave himself a new hairdo to show his patriotic pride.
Alex Pomerleau, 2, from Dover, New Hampshire, dressed up for the occasion.
Italia Haywoo, of Riverside, is decked out in patriotic gear.
Kaela Rodenbaugh (left) and Christina Duarte await the start of the parade in comfort.
Lynne Mort pushes Alaine Cameron-Mort (front) and Nora Cameron-Mort down Hope Street Friday morning.
Steven Lopes and Melinda Stewart show their patriotic pride on their clothes and in Steven's hair.
Jocelyn Leitao, 4, and sister Ariana Leitao, 2, are ready to join the band as mom Melanie Leitao looks on.
Hurricane Arthur won't be making its way all the way up to Rhode Island, but it is sending torrential rains out way most of the day.