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Fewer Balloons in This Year's Christmas Parade

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - The Richmond Christmas Parade is Saturday, but you may notice fewer of those famous balloons.

"The balloons make the parade," says Angela Otey. "I just love seeing it. It's just so festive."

For 30 years, the Christmas season has marched in with the Richmond Christmas Parade.

But this year those big famous balloons that float West Broad Street will be in short supply.

"We leased less large helium balloons this year," says organizer Robert Kelly. "We are actually leasing two less large helium balloons. In addition, we are also leasing medium sized balloons rather than the larger size."

The reason for fewer balloons is because there is currently a helium shortage. And when the helium supply goes down, the price goes up.

"63 cents per cubic feet, 60 cent times 5,000 is about 3,000 plus dollars just to fill them up."

That's just for one balloon.

But Robert Kelly says kids have no fear, that one famous Reindeer will still make an appearance.

"We're going to have Rudolph back, and Rudolph is a favorite here."

Despite fewer balloons, Kelly says he's just hoping the weather holds off.

"No rain, and with no rain I am a happy man."


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