Getting the floats ready for the first ever Eau Claire Parade

By: Olga Michail Email
By: Olga Michail Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The first-ever Clearwater Winter Parade is this Saturday, and dozens of organizations are putting the finishing touches on the floats we'll see Saturday afternoon.
On Saturday Water Street will be hosting the first Eau Claire winter-themed parade. Around fifty units will be attending the parade this year.

Many lights will transform Water Street Saturday into something enchanted, but making a float for the parade is no magic.

"To put this particular float together it took a team of four to five of our rec. division staff and we had support from park maintenance as well,” said Chad Duerkop, Parks and Recreations Program Supervisor.

"The parade this year is the flurry of activities, so we decided to go with flurry being most of our winter actives that we have, whether its bike trails, ice skating, anything that you can do in the winter,” said Recreation Aid Emmalee Morse.

"We wanted to highlight what we do in the winter time. We really wanted people to know that we about winter more than just snow,” said Duerkop.

The Parks the Rec Department started putting its float together early last week, working with materials they already had.

"Pretty much 90% percent of stuff we used, we found in our storage,” said Morse.

"We used the street department trailer," said Duerkop.

"The signs were upstairs that we pulled down and were able to use as well,” said Duerkop.

And off course there was room left on the float for some snowballs, or the second best thing-balls of popcorn that will be given out to kids at the parade.

"Tomorrow they will roll the float out of here, and when they get to parade line up they'll put the final piece on and it will be ready to go,” said Morse.

The parade will start on Second and Water Street, and will wrap up right outside of Hobbs Center, where families will be able to participate in some other fun winter activities from 6-9pm.


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