Wausau Holiday Parade draws hundreds of families

By    Jerel Ballard    - WAOW

By Jerel Ballard - WAOW

WAUSAU, Wis (WSAW) -- The annual Wausau Holiday Parade held on Friday drew hundreds of families from throughout north central Wisconsin. More than 50 businesses and non-profit organizations participated in the parade, each one with a unique float covered in Christmas decorations. 

“I enjoy seeing the community come out and support our businesses while being able to spend time with families and friends,” stated Katae Ulrick who attended the parade with her daughter. 

The parade started at Marathon Park and continued along Stewart Avenue ending at the 400 Block of downtown Wausau. Attendees started arriving as early as 4:30 p.m. to claim their spot; despite the chilly weather many people came prepared with chairs, blankets, hats, and gloves.

“We live in Wisconsin, I have gotten used to it,” Ulrick added. “As long as you layer up, you will be fine but luckily, the weather is not that bad this year.” 

Hot chocolate was provided at the end of the parade for participants and attendees. 

“I come to the parade every year,” included Kimberly Bargender who watched the parade with her brother. “Watching how happy my little brother gets as he watched the parade brings me back to when I was growing up,” Bargender said.