More than 5,000 turnout for Clearwater Winter Parade

(WEAU) - More than 5,000 people turned out for the Clearwater Winter Parade last weekend.

Organizers say the event raised more than $3,000 for youth recreation scholarships and the Judge’s Choice for best float was from the Chippewa Valley ATVers.

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EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. (WEAU) - With the official start of winter just one week away, the city of Eau Claire held the first annual Clearwater Winter Parade kicking off the season with floats, lights and candy.

Hundreds lined Water St. Saturday to get their first look at the parade to see everything it had to offer.

Floats and marchers took off from Second Ave at 5:00 p.m., past crowds looking on. About 50 groups took part in lit up cars, trucks, floats or on foot to celebrate the season.

"It gets a lot of people going for the Christmas spirit," parade goer Sam Theiste of Lakeville, Minnesota said.

This year's parade marshals were city council president Kerry Kincaid and city administrator Russ Van Gompel. The parade's theme was the flurry of activities. Donations will go to area youth recreation scholarships for activities like swimming and soccer lessons, through the Eau Claire Parks and Recreation Department.

"It brings everybody together as a family, because that's what Christmas is about, coming together," Jill Kearney of Minneapolis said.


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