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GREENIFELD — The threat of storms prompted police to reduce the number of school children allowed to participate in the annual Riley Festival Children's Parade of Flowers Friday.

Festival organizers had their eyes on the weather all morning but ultimately left the decision on how to handle the parade, which typically boasts upwards of 250 elementary schoolers, to the Greenfield Police Department, which provides security for the event each year.

GPD officials decided on a compromise between holding the parade as planned and canceling it completely. Instead of having all the county's second- and third-graders march down Main Street to lay flowers at the feet of the James Whitcomb Riley statute, 60 children (about two per classroom) were invited. The flower parade begins at 12:45 p.m.

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