APPLETON, Wis. -- After a one-year hiatus, the Appleton Parade Committee is proud to present the 50th Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. “Santa Claus is coming back to College Avenue,” said Corey Otis, Appleton Parade Committee Chairperson. “We’re thrilled the jolly old elf, marching bands, and bright, beautiful floats will return to Downtown Appleton.”
The Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade is the largest nighttime parade in the Midwest. The parade will begin at 7:00 p.m. and move east on College Avenue from State Street to Drew Street. The Downtown Appleton Christmas parade annually draws 80,000 spectators to Downtown Appleton. Additionally, a television audience of over 100,000 view the parade live and during rebroadcasts on CBS 5, WFRV-TV.
The theme of this year’s parade is “Superhero Christmas!" The Parade Committee encourages all floats and walking units to embrace this year's theme by highlighting heroes: real and/or fictional. From webslingers to first responders, caped crusaders to frontline workers, area kids and adults are inspired by the courage and sacrifice they see on the page, on the screen, and in our community. We’re all hoping we can enjoy a “super” celebration of the holiday season.
The Parade Marshal is Erin Davisson, longtime anchor at WFRV-TV. She is best known for her tireless work as a journalist, fierce advocacy for organ donation, and joyful commentary during broadcasts of Appleton parades. “Erin is a superhero in our community,” said Otis. “Her professionalism, dedication, and courage have inspired the Fox Valley since 1988, and we’re honored to have her as this year’s parade marshal.” Davisson retired in 2020 after 37 years in broadcasting, including 32 at Channel 5 in Green Bay, and in August, she received the Local Broadcast Legend Award from the Wisconsin Broadcast Association.