A record number twenty-one marching bands and this year’s theme “A Night of Family Traditions” will highlight The 45th Annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade. New this year, the parade will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24th.
Twenty-one marching bands from Northeastern Wisconsin/Upper Michigan high schools and area communities will perform in the parade.
"The twenty-one marching bands ties a record for this parade,” according to Greg Otis, Parade Chairman. “We are excited to have bands coming from as far away as Menominee, Michigan all the way down to Barneveld, Wisconsin.”
The parade will feature about 75 units including floats, decorated vehicles, walking units and animal entries.
This year’s parade will be televised live by WFRV-TV from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Channel 5
will also videotape the parade for rebroadcast at a later date.
The parade begins with a police escort at State Street and College Avenue. It travels east down College Avenue and ends at Drew Street.
The Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade is the largest nighttime parade in the Midwest. Last year's parade drew approximately 80,000 spectators to Downtown Appleton. Additionally, a television audience of over 100,000, view the parade live and during a rebroadcast on Local Channel 5, WFRV-TV.
For more parade information visit www.appleton.org.