Kids 12 and under are invited to express their imaginations by parading in costume, riding decorated bikes or other non-motorized transportation in the 8th Annual Children’s Parade presented by ThedaCare. Family members can also join the fun in costumes or by pushing young parade participates in adorned strollers or wagons.
The parade line up begins at 5:15 p.m. in Houdini Plaza. The parade starts at 6 p.m. with participants marching east on College Avenue, turning left on Drew Street and ending in City Park. Registration is free, but required, at buildingforkids.org. The first 400 kids to register to march in the parade will get a pedometer from Crazy Sweet.
Prizes will be awarded for individual and group floats for creativity, confidence, imagination and spirit.
After the parade there will be a Fox Valley Food Truck Rally, music with 95.9 KISS FM and more family friendly fun in City Park. At dusk “Finding Nemo” will play in Houdini Plaza.
“This is an amazing event and we are excited to be a part of it again this year,” said Jarrad Bittner, Executive Director at The Building for Kids Children’s Museum. “The creativity and energy that goes into the floats is incredible to see, as well as the community coming out to cheer on the Children’s Parade.”
Children’s Parade is part of Children’s Week, an annual community-wide celebration of kids. Last year more than 7,000 people enjoyed Children’s Week. Money raised through sponsorship and events benefits Appleton Parks & Recreation, the Appleton YMCA and The Building for Kids Children’s Museum, organizations that support kids and families all year long.