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Beefed up security for Sunday’s West Bend Christmas

November 23, 2021 – West Bend, WI – There will be added security at Sunday’s annual West Bend Christmas Parade.
Safety measures are being increased in light of what happened in neighboring Waukesha County on Sunday, November 21, 2021 when a SUV raced through the parade killing five people and injuring 48.

West Bend Christmas Parade security

The West Bend Police Department issued a statement saying the West Bend Christmas Parade and staff from the West Bend Police Department met to review and discuss security and logistics for the West Bend Christmas Parade scheduled for Sunday, November 28, 2021, at 5 p.m. In order to ensure all participants and spectators are safe, we will be putting additional security measures in place for the parade in West Bend.”

Some of the measures include additional road closures. Police say “spectators should allow more time to get to the parade and to be cooperative with police and volunteers staffing the intersections and parade route.”

The Village of Grafton has its parade on Saturday, November 27. Grafton police will issue a statement at 3 p.m. with details on its parade.

The Village of Kewaskum’s Parade is Sunday, December 5. A statement from the Parade Committee is forthcoming.

On Monday afternoon the Parade Committee in the Village of Menomonee Falls cancelled its parade, which was slated for Saturday, November 27.
A statement was released by Menomonee Falls Village President Dave Glasgow:
Dear Menomonee Falls residents. In light of the mass casualty incident at yesterday’s Waukesha Christmas parade, the Village has decided to cancel our Christmas parade planned for this Sunday.
Although I have every confidence in our Police Department to take appropriate actions to ramp up security, weighing heavily on our hearts is the desire to stand in solidarity with our Waukesha friends and mourn with them the injured and those who tragically lost their lives.
In Waukesha County the community parades share some of the same participants. One group in particular lost several of their dear members who were planning to be in our parade this weekend.
We also realize that some of our residents may be apprehensive about attending with this hitting so close to home. And there were Falls residents in Waukesha yesterday who witnessed firsthand this horrific, senseless event.
This was not an easy decision to make but we believe under the circumstances it is the right one to make. I’m reminded time and time again that Christmas, among other things, is a opportunity for healing, to give up one’s self and self-interests, to think of others, and to put their needs before ours.
A couple other notes:

-Sunday’s West Bend Christmas parade steps off at 5 p.m. from Regner Park, marches south down Main Street, turning east at Cedar Street and then continuing south down Main Street to Oak Street.

-This is the 69th year for the West Bend Christmas Parade. The theme this year is Magical, Musical Christmas.

West Bend Children's Theatre security

-Keep an eye out for the West Bend Children’s Theatre float featuring characters in the upcoming performance Seussical the Musical coming April 2022.

-Watch for a live broadcast of the West Bend Christmas Parade at Washington County Insider on YouTube





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  1. I don’t think that added security is the issue, rather cancelling the parade in respect to the lives lost in the Waukesha parade.

  2. We are sorry for the losses in Waukesha. We can increase security to try to make everyone safe. We should not cancel the CHRISTmas parade because of the poor job the district attorneys are doing across the USA. We need to put people in jail, if they are career criminals. We need to have law and order in the USA.

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