Breakfast in the Park

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There were grits, sausage, eggs and lots of rain. Mother nature served up a heaping helping of wet weather for "Breakfast in the Park."

It was a soggy start to Springtime Tallahassee, but sheets of rain didn't stop hungry crowds from dining in dampness.

Nancy Baggs of the War and Reconstruction Krewe said, "It's a great event. It's a time to kick off Springtime Tallahassee, and flowers are in bloom and everything is going great, and rain or not, it's good breakfast."

There's no denying that rain put a damper on the event, but organizers say Tallahasseeans came through like they always do.

Claude Mueller, the Springtime Tallahassee secretary, said, "It shows they have community spirit and this is Tallahassee. This is Florida where we have hurricanes and nothing seems to stop us; we just keep going."

Eight hundred eighty four old fashioned breakfasts were served under tents to keep the crowds dry. Organizers proved that they can serve with style. Like a well oiled machine the assembly line dished up sausage, eggs, grits, and a hot and flaky biscuit.

Fifteen hundred biscuits, 300 pounds of sausage, 60 pounds of grits and 50 bags of eggs were gobbled up at "Breakfast in the Park." Local residents say they're proud of the event and the city it represents.

"Tallahassee is a great town. It's a great place to raise a family. I came here because Tallahassee is a good place."

The event was the kickoff for the rest of the Springtime festivities. There's a Downtown Getdown scheduled for Friday, April 1 as well as a 10k run, and the following day, Saturday April 2, is the Jubilee in the Park. The big parade starts at 10:30 a.m. that day