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Waukesha announces new safety measures for parades, events

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Posted at 9:09 AM, Apr 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-22 18:29:14-04

WAUKESHA — The City of Waukesha has approved new safety measures for future city events and parades to prevent incidents like the attack during last year's Christmas parade, which left six people dead and 62 others injured.

The city said in a statement Friday the measures include mobile vehicle barriers and a new route for parades. The safety measures will be used for upcoming events including Friday Night Live, Memorial Day Parade and the 4th of July Parade.

“I look forward to continuing our great tradition of community events and parades here in the City of Waukesha.” said Mayor Shawn Reilly in the statement. “I appreciate the efforts of our entire Waukesha team as we review our safety measures and make improvements.”

The city will be creating a "set, closed perimeter" around the area where the event is being held. All future parades will be using the same parade route.

Business owners along Main Street were supportive of the plan.

"I think they just want to offer that sense of safety but also knowing hey we've gone some extra steps," said Mary Mei who owns Mary-Jane's.

"That's gonna do a lot for the people around here and it just shows that not only do we say we care but the cities actually like I said put in resources behind it," said the owner of Easy Aqua Fish and Coral, Dominic Martino.

"I think as long as it makes people feel safe to come down here and enjoy and celebrate I think it's a good idea. I know the mayor has everyone's best interest at heart," said Melissa Lugo, owner of Mama Ducky's Desserts.

View the parade route and the city's statement below:

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