Eastman cancels 4th of July parade

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EASTMAN, Wis. (WEAU) -- The recent rain and mud slides are impacting Fourth of July festivities in one area village.

Eastman won’t have its parade this year.

Barbara Martin has been watching the Fourth of July parade in Eastman for 35 years.

Her grandkids Ava and Henry also like to go.

She said she’s disappointed there’s no parade this year.

“It’s going to be a different 4th of July than it ever has before, just because we’re not going to sit up there with family and friends and watch the parade,” said Martin.

Village President Faye Trautsch said the Department of Transportation gave Eastman a permit to stop traffic.

It was later rescinded.

“Because of the landslides and stuff, they had to close Highway 35, and they rerouted the traffic up F and through Eastman, and there was no way we could stop that amount of traffic for the parade,” said Trautsch.

The parade normally runs along Highway 27 in Eastman, and lasts about an hour.

People also come from Seneca, Prairie du Chien and Boscobel.

Eastman’s Community Club Treasurer Jill Forde said there will still be other events.

The plan is for little league games, fireworks and a volleyball tournament to go on.

But she said this Fourth of July won’t be the same.

“It’s a big disappointment. It just doesn’t seem like the 4th without the parade,” said Forde

Forde and Trautsch just hope they’ll have a parade in Eastman next year.

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