Eighth annual Lighted Holiday Parade scheduled to traverse the streets of Waukon November 24

Plans are being made for the eighth annual Lighted Holiday Parade in downtown Waukon, scheduled for Monday, November 24, beginning at 6 p.m. The event coincides with extended Monday night business hours of Waukon retailers.

The theme for this year’s parade, “Let It Be Christmas,” complements the traditional Christmas Fantasy hosted by Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation each year in Waukon, and will be featured throughout the parade. All entries must be lighted and cannot involve a live version of Santa Claus.

The parade will begin at the East Elementary School playground and travel Fifth Street NW to West Main Street. Turning left onto West Main, the parade entries will venture to the stoplight intersection, where they will then turn south on to Spring Avenue for one block before turning right on to First Avenue SW and heading up to Sixth Street SW. The entries will then turn right and head north back to the East Elementary playground.



Float entries are currently being accepted for the event. It is asked that parking for parade entrants be limited to the immediate area around East Elementary and that those involved in the parade have a pre-determined meeting site to avoid confusion and congestion at the initial parade gathering site.



Parade entrants and viewers are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the parade for donation to the Allamakee County Food Shelf and Allamakee County Food Closet. The food items will be picked up along the parade route by volunteers from the Waukon High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter.



Howards Home Furnishings will be serving hot chocolate, free of charge, in front of its downtown location the night of the parade, and the S&D Café will provide complimentary hot chocolate and bars for parade participants near the kitchen entrance to East Elementary School to honor the memory of Billy Roe.



Santa Claus will also be at Main Feature Theater following the parade. Parents are welcome to take their own photos of their children’s visit with Santa Claus. Iron Ridge Church will be sponsoring its Fifth Annual Christmas Presence Performance at Main Feature Theater right after the Holiday Parade as well.

For additional information about this year's event, call the Waukon Chamber of Commerce Office at 563-568-4110.