2016 Torchlight Parade – 2016 TORCHLIGHT PARADE LINEUP
The 2016 Torchlight Parade will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2016 – the opening day of the 56th celebration of Oktoberfest. The parade is the “pride of the northside” and features illuminated entries as well as decorated homes along the parade route. The parade starts at the intersection of Kane and Gillette Streets, proceeds west on Gillette and then south on Caledonia Street to St. James Street.
2016 TORCHLIGHT PARADE AWARD WINNERS
Best Lighted Unit Overall: Trempealeau Lions – Catfish Days $100
Best Illuminated Float: Trempealeau Lions – Catfish Days
Best Illuminated Marching Unit – Holmen High School
Best Illuminated Critter Unit – Pony Farm
2016 Maple Leaf Parade – 2016 MAPLE LEAF PARADE LINEUP
The Maple Leaf Parade is one of the Midwest most spectacular events with an estimated 100,000 attendees lining the two-mile parade route. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 1 at the corner of Clinton Street and Copeland Avenue. The parade continues south on Copeland Avenue along Copeland Park and into the north side of downtown La Crosse. It makes the bend at the Southside Oktoberfest Grounds and continues south on Second Street to King Street.
If you are attending either parade please be mindful of City ordinances that address setting chairs or other personal property out curbside prior to either parade. Personal property should not be in the boulevard or on city property prior to midnight before the Maple Leaf Parade.
MAPLE LEAF PARADE AWARD WINNERS
Mrs. Oktoberfest Award – #84 Coulee Region Sled Hockey
Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest Award – #9A 2015 Royal Family
Festmaster Award – #114 Warrens Cranberry Festival
Burgermeister Award – #50 Boats of Freedom
President’s Award – #94 Pearl Ice Cream Parlor
Director’s Award – #14 Old Style Oktoberfest
1st New Horizons
2nd Wells Fargo
3rd Old Style Oktoberfest