Photo courtesy Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade on Facebook

APPLETON — Appleton’s annual Christmas parade will go on as scheduled Tuesday, but with a special tribute to the Waukesha Community.

Parade organizers said on Monday that after careful consideration, the Appleton Parade Committee and the City of Appleton have decided to proceed with the 50th Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade.


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Communities in Wisconsin and around the country have had to quickly evaluate safety plans for their holiday parades following the incident Sunday in Waukesha where a man drove his vehicle into that community’s holiday parade, killing five and injuring dozens more, including children.

Participants and attendees at Appleton’s parade, which begins at 7 p.m., will continue to see public safety personnel and vehicles from the Appleton Police Department and other city equipment and vehicles present on the route, according to the news release.

The Parade Committee and the Police Department have worked collaboratively for years to provide safe gatherings for our community, and the Appleton Christmas Parade on November 23 will be no exception.

The Parade Committee will feature a silent procession, which will occur immediately before the start of the parade, dedicated to the Waukesha community.

The committee asks that parade attendees join in a moment of silence for the victims and families as the procession passes by.

Little Chute’s Christmas parade is on Nov. 29 followed by Kaukauna‚Äôs parade on Dec. 7, 2021.

By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.