Formal unveiling of Bill Russell Statue is back OFF

The formal unveiling of the statute honoring Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell — originally set for 2 p.m. today — has been canceled because of high winds, the Menino administration said.
In a tweet on its official account, @notifyboston, the city said the public will still be able to see the statue later today, which has been installed at City Hall Plaza but has been kept under wraps in anticipation of the ceremony.

While the public ceremony will not be held, a small private unveiling will be held for Russell and other guests, the mayor’s office said. The National Weather Service has warned that wind gusts of up to 50 miles an hour are possible today in Boston.

“Due to threat of excessive wind, there will be no public ceremonies for the Bill Russell statue unveiling today. The Russell statue will be uncovered later this afternoon and public access will be available,’’ the city tweeted.