Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News
Thousands of people attending the JFK remembrance in Dealey Plaza Friday will not be able to take umbrellas, for safety reasons organizers will provide ponchos. Meanwhile last minute preparations are under way in Dallas.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says Friday's observance of the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy will be held in Dealey Plaza, regardless of the weather forecast.
NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston said it'll be cold and wet across North Texas Friday and that freezing rain remains possible to the west and northwest of DFW.
Temperatures Friday are expected to hold just above freezing, but wind chills will make it feel like its in the 20s all day thanks to a blustery north wind of 20-30 mph.
“Texans are tough and a crisp day won’t prevent us from marking this important time in history,” Rawlings said in a statement Thursday. “We believe this important event cannot be duplicated in another location, so the commemoration will take place tomorrow as planned."
For more than a year, the city has planned to mark the anniversary with a solemn and dignified event that reflects upon Kennedy's life, legacy and leadership.
Rawlings said that plans are in place to make slight modifications to the event if necessary, which is good since those in attendance have been banned from bringing in umbrellas for security reasons. Officials said they would provide panchos, if necessary.
The city is only allowing 5,000 people to attend the event, and all of those tickets have been claimed for some time. If you aren't on the guest list, you can watch the event at one of three public plazas in downtown including AT&T Plaza at American Airlines Center, Annette Strauss Square and the JFK Memorial at Founders Plaza.
Each location will be equipped with a large screen LED display, with closed captioning.
If you are not able to attend at one of the outdoor locations, the event can be watched live online at NBCDFW.com and through our JFK 50 iPhone app.
The city's program begins at 11:30 a.m., though our live stream will begin broadcasting at about 10 a.m.