SHAMOKIN - It rained on Shamokin's parade.

Dark clouds had been forming in the western sky shortly before Shamokin kicked off this year's Anthracite Heritage Festival of the Arts Friday evening with the ninth annual parade.

And while patrol cars from Shamokin and Coal Township led the way down Independence Street, the first sprinkling of rain splattered across the pavement.

The rain didn't dampen spirits of spectators or participants; while a few parade-goers sheltered under awnings or in cars parked on side streets, most held their places along the curb.

The parade's grand marshals, Richard "Dick" and Ron "Buddy" Knoebel, kept the top down while they crept along in a light blue vintage Mustang.

A Knoebels float followed a few minutes later. The float featured miniature versions of iconic rides, like the train and the Italian trapeze.

Elsewhere in the lineup were local Little League players, the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area in a side-by-side, a Durdach Brothers delivery truck and a Catawese bus. The Shamokin Rotary Club returned with its Christmas-themed float, complete with a lighted tree and sled. The Shamokin Area High School marching band kept things energetic with the Rocky theme.

Fire trucks and ambulances from area rescue stations brought up the rear. While their siren wails reverberated off the buildings on Independence Street, the drizzle let up and a ray of sunshine peeked through the clouds, creating a faint rainbow in the eastern sky.