9th annual Winterdaze Parade in Menomonie brings community together

By: Jenny You Email
By: Jenny You Email

MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Everything from Santa, to his reindeer, to Frosty the Snowman took to the streets at the 9th annual Winterdaze Parade in downtown Menomonie.

Hundreds of people braved the winter cold to take part in the traditional, holidazzled night.

Mayor Randy Knnack says 55 floats were signed up this year, 15 more than last year.

Around 6:30 Knnack lead the crowd in a tune of ‘Jingle Bells’ and counted down to the start of the parade.

“It just is a good reason for people to get outside hang out be with their neighbors come downtown and have some fun,” said Knnack.

Floats of all different colors, shapes and sizes lined Main Street to Broadway, signaling the holidays are here.

“The comradery of the community and the families coming together, that's really where it’s at,” said Knnack.

“What else are you going to do on a beautiful winter evening? December, usually people are staying at home but look at the people out here. It means a lot to this community,” said Deberra Slagstad with Rotary International.

Slagstad has been in six of the nine parades at Winterdaze.

"We thrive on the people in our area and people welcoming each other and being good citizens," said Slagstad.

The night ended with the traditional fireworks over Lake Menomin for all to enjoy.

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