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The Latest: Parade marking 70th anniversary of creation of North Korea's ruling party delayed

  • People carrying bouquets of decorative flowers walk towards Kim Il Sung Square, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is holding what is expected to be one of its biggest celebrations ever Saturday for the 70th anniversary of its ruling party's creation, an attention-getting event that is the government's way of showing the world and its own people the Kim dynasty, now in its third generation, is firmly in control and its military a power to be reckoned with. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    People carrying bouquets of decorative flowers walk towards Kim Il Sung Square, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is holding what is expected to be one of its biggest celebrations ever Saturday for the 70th anniversary of its ruling party's creation, an attention-getting event that is the government's way of showing the world and its own people the Kim dynasty, now in its third generation, is firmly in control and its military a power to be reckoned with. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Military vehicles or possibly floats shrouded in blue plastic tarps to protect them against the weather are parked in a long row on a bridge leading to the parade route, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is holding what is expected to be one of its biggest celebrations ever Saturday for the 70th anniversary of its ruling party's creation, an attention-getting event that is the government's way of showing the world and its own people the Kim dynasty, now in its third generation, is firmly in control and its military a power to be reckoned with. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Military vehicles or possibly floats shrouded in blue plastic tarps to protect them against the weather are parked in a long row on a bridge leading to the parade route, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is holding what is expected to be one of its biggest celebrations ever Saturday for the 70th anniversary of its ruling party's creation, an attention-getting event that is the government's way of showing the world and its own people the Kim dynasty, now in its third generation, is firmly in control and its military a power to be reckoned with. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

  • People carrying bouquets of plastic flowers walk towards the Kim Il Sung Square, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is holding what is expected to be one of its biggest celebrations ever Saturday for the 70th anniversary of its ruling party's creation, an attention-getting event that is the government's way of showing the world and its own people the Kim dynasty, now in its third generation, is firmly in control and its military a power to be reckoned with. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    People carrying bouquets of plastic flowers walk towards the Kim Il Sung Square, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is holding what is expected to be one of its biggest celebrations ever Saturday for the 70th anniversary of its ruling party's creation, an attention-getting event that is the government's way of showing the world and its own people the Kim dynasty, now in its third generation, is firmly in control and its military a power to be reckoned with. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

The latest on the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the creation of North Korea's ruling party (all times local).

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11:30 a.m.

The military parade that will kick off celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the creation of North Korea's ruling party has been delayed.

The parade was expected to be held Saturday morning, but was pushed back until the afternoon, apparently due to heavy rain Friday night. Even by late morning, as a light rain fell, officials had not distributed a final schedule — which is unusual even in North Korea.

Suggesting that the show will indeed go on, crowds of people carrying bouquets of plastic flowers could be seen streaming to Kim Il Sung Square, where the event will be held. Military vehicles or possibly floats shrouded in blue plastic tarps to protect them against the weather were parked in a long row on a bridge leading to the parade route.

The parade could hold some surprises for analysts abroad who will be watching its display of weaponry very closely, particularly North Korea's growing fleet of drone aircraft and long-range missiles.