Christmas parade spreads plenty of cheer


The Belgium Area Chamber of Commerce’s European Christmas parade drew 10 more entries, a 25% increase, this year. The Sunday afternoon parade drew a large crowd that spaced out along Main Street, Chamber Executive Director Tara Williams said. Traditional events such as children’s crafts, food, drinks and a market weren’t held due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “It felt great to bring our community this beloved traditional outdoor holiday activity despite having to hold off on many of the elements of the usual European Christmas event,” Williams said. Instead of throwing candy, Williams and Don Bystricky (top photo) were among those handing out swag bags that included edible goodies, coupons and small gifts. “We are thankful for all of the sponsorships, Chamber members who participated and gave their time to put an awesome smile on the face of many enjoying the European Christmas parade,” Chamber President Annie Noster said. Among the parade entries were the American St. Nick, played by Village Trustee Clem Gottsacker, who rode in a jeep driven by Matt Miller (second from top), the Ozaukee County Highway Department’s decorated plow driven by Steve Becker, who had his children Charlie and Ansel with him (third from top); and Divine Savior Catholic School’s float depicting a Nativity scene including Bennett Walter, Addyson Schreurs and Lily Lemke. Photos by Sam Arendt

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