Clearwater announces float winners, raises more than $2,000

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We have the winners and the final numbers from the Clearwater Winter Parade in Eau Claire.

Organizers say Gordy's won this year's Judges' choice, while the Boy Scouts Chippewa Valley Council won Most Entertaining. Meanwhile, the Chippewa Valley ATV’ers won best use of lights and Rock N’ Roll To Go Plus was awarded Best use of theme.

They say this year's event raised more than $2,000 for youth recreation scholarships.

If you missed our broadcast of the Clearwater Parade, we will be re-airing it on Christmas Day at noon.


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – Despite the bitter cold weather, families layered up and lined the freshly coated sidewalks to watch the 2nd annual Clearwater Winter Parade in Eau Claire.

Water Street was decked out with more than 60 floats with flashing lights and music Sunday night.

The thermometer read -4 degrees during the parade and the wind-chill was 15 below.

But that was no problem, especially for the little ones, who just wanted to get a glimpse of all the spectacular displays.

“We didn't get to see much last year because we got here really late so we had to stand behind all the other people, this year we came extra early to get front row seats,” said Shaila Lequia who sat right in front to watch the parade.

New this year, fireworks went off throughout the entire parade, providing a magical, holiday backdrop. A family fun celebration continued afterwards at Hobbs Ice Center with activities and food.

WEAU is a proud sponsor of the Clearwater Winter Parade. You may have caught the live broadcast with WEAU’s Judy Clark and Chris Herzog during the parade.

If you missed the broadcast, you can catch a rebroadcast of the Clearwater Winter Parade on December 24th at 1 a.m. or December 25th at noon.

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