Waukesha ushers in Christmas season with annual parade

54th annual Christmas Parade held downtown
Posted at 7:43 AM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 08:46:18-05

Sunday's colder temperatures helped Waukesha get into the Christmas Spirit.

The city held its 54th annual Christmas Parade through downtown. This year's theme: Star-Spangled.

"It's always the start of the holiday season," said Kristine Lancelle. "We like to see the lights lit up and it's always extra fun when it's cold out."

Denise Ramos and her family came to watch her daughter participate in the parade. She says they're always prepared with extra cold weather gear just in case.

"This is probably the third year we've been out here," she said. "It's just so nice and the weather is beautiful even though it's a little nippy. Last year it was raining and we were still out here."

Kyle Udovich has watched the Waukesha Christmas Parade since he was a kid. Now he gets to bring his own son, Adler, who didn't seem to mind the cold at all.

"I'm 33 years old so I've had 33 years of winters but for him so far, it hasn't bothered him," he said.

The parade began at 4 p.m. starting near Main Street and White Rock Avenue and ending near the Waukesha Public library.

Participants were encouraged to incorporate red, white and blue into their costumes and floats.