"OUR WISH FOR THE SEASON: PEACE, JOY & HARMONY” THEME OF 47th ANNUAL DOWNTOWN APPLETON CHRISTMAS PARADE

Published Friday, November 3, 2017
by Greg Otis

"Our Wish for the Season: Peace, Joy & Harmony" is this year’s theme of The 47th Annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade. The parade is scheduled for Tuesday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m.

The event will feature about 75 units including floats, decorated vehicles, walking units and animal entries.

Twenty marching bands from Northeastern Wisconsin/Upper Michigan high schools and area communities will perform in the parade. 

The Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade is the largest nighttime parade in the Midwest. 

"We selected this year’s theme due to everything going on in the world today.” according to Greg Otis, Parade Chairman. “We want the Christmas parade to bring a little more enjoyment to people’s lives this holiday season.”

This year’s parade will be televised live by WFRV-TV from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Local Channel 5

will also videotape the parade for rebroadcast at a later date.

The parade begins with a police escort at State Street and College Avenue.  It travels east down College Avenue and ends at Drew Street.  

Last year's parade drew approximately 80,000 spectators to Downtown Appleton.  Additionally, a television audience of over 100,000, view the parade live and during a rebroadcast on Local Channel 5, WFRV-TV.

For more parade information, visit www.appleton.org and click on the Visitor Tab or follow the parade on Facebook.

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