Calling Jack and Jill Frost: This is last parade for Wacky Wheeler
The annual Christmas Parade of Lights will be rolling its way back to downtown Watertown this year on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 5:30 p.m.
The parade will start at Main and Water streets and travel east to Dewey Avenue where the units will disband.
The parade committee is still seeking honorary parade marshals to represent Jack and Jill Frost for the parade. Children ages 5 to 9 can submit a photo and a paragraph stating why they want to be Jack or Jill Frost. Co-chairman Mark Heiden said the parade committee has already received some submissions and will be choosing Jack, Jill and their court tomorrow evening.
This will be the last parade in Watertown for Melvin the Wacky Wheeler, who will be retiring.
“We’d like to highlight the Wacky Wheeler and all the years he’s been in town,” Heiden said. “We appreciated him.”
A new high rider bicyclist will be making an appearance in this year’s parade as well.
Attendees can enjoy listening to music by Elvis Impersonator Tony Rocker, The Variations, Don Peachy and the Yankee Dutchman. The Watertown High School marching band and the Blue Revue dance squad will also be in the lineup.
A couple of vehicles will be accepting food donations from guests prior to the start of the parade for a drive sponsored by Holz Motors to benefit the Watertown Food Pantry.
Heiden said there will be some new units this year and they are still accepting entries into the parade.
Heiden wanted to remind attendees to not place their chairs too early before the event.
“It’s kind of a hazard to the downtown merchants when people put their chairs out too far in advance,” Heiden said. “We’ve had problems with that every year.”
Heiden said the committee is excited for the parade.
“Everything is coming together really well,” Heiden said. “We have a good group of volunteers.”
The parade committee is still looking for donations. Businesses, industries and individuals can send donations up until the time of the parade to: Christmas Parade of Lights Committee, P.O. Box 609, Watertown, WI 53094. Checks can be made payable to Watertown Christmas Parade. Submissions for the Jack and Jill Frost positions can also be submitted to this address as well.
“One hundred percent of the funds we raise goes to the parade,” Heiden said.