Visitors undeterred by rain, changes

Published 10:00 pm Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Freedom Singers perform Saturday morning at J.A.Pickard Auditorium on the gospel stage during the 18th annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee. The group was one of many who came to Selma to perform during the event. -- Rick Couch

The lead singer of the group Freedom Singers said it all when he took the stage at the J.A. Pickard Auditorium Saturday morning.

“It’s raining and storming, but we’re here,” he said.

That was the attitude of many people who braved the elements to enjoy the 18th annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma this weekend.

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Many of the Saturday events scheduled as outdoor venues were moved inside to avoid the wet conditions.

The crowds proved more than willing to make the adjustments.

“I came for the gospel programs and the rain didn’t stop me,” Selma native Emma Black said. “I’m going to go in there and enjoy some good music and then head over to the Armory. We’ll still have a good time.”

The weather also didn’t slow down visitors from out of town. In each parking lot tags representing counties from all over Alabama, the Southeast and even the rest of the nation could be seen.

Cynthia Foster, who traveled to Selma from Montgomery, said it would take more than a little rain to keep her away.

“This is something we’ve been looking forward to for a long time,” she said. “There is so much history here and we wanted to experience everything. We knew the weather was going to be bad, but we decided to press on.’

Foster and others should be excited about Sunday’s forecast.

The National Weather Service is calling for clear conditions with a high near 50 degrees.