Waukesha to host 'reverse' parade on 4th of July

WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Waukesha will host a "reverse" Fourth of July parade in 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The reverse parade set for Sat. July 4, beginning at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will consist of stationary parade units around Cutler Park, with the public driving through the designated route. 

“With many events being canceled out of an abundance of caution for the well-being of all involved, we wanted to come up with a unique way to celebrate the long-standing July 4th tradition in Waukesha,” said Shawn Reilly, Mayor of Waukesha. “I’ll be at the start of the parade with goody bags for the first 1,000 kiddos so they get some parade candy this July 4th.”

The route begins on Grand Ave. at Carroll St. heading northbound. Cars will be guided along the route which will proceed to Wisconsin Ave., turn left on Maple, and exit the parade on Maple at Carroll St.

Units will include floats, bands, Waukesha Allied Veterans, Waukesha Police and Fire Depts. and more.

Parade goers are encouraged to decorate their vehicles as they drive through the parade route. 

The first 1,000 children arriving to the parade will receive a goody bag with candy, stickers, sidewalk chalk courtesy of Waukesha Kiwanis Early Risers, a free Kids Meal coupon courtesy of the Waukesha Texas Roadhouse, a free custard token courtesy of the Waukesha Culver’s, Main St. and Sunset locations, and more.

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