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Wausau lights holiday tree, floats line 400 block

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A canceled holiday parade in downtown Wausau didn't stop people from coming to the 400 block for some holiday fun.

The Christmas tree was lit by Santa Claus and Mayor Jim Tipple Friday evening. Wausau Events also hosted a warming party. The Wausau Symphony Orchestra performed as well.

"We usually sit in the car with hot chocolate anyways and watch it from the car, so this is actually kind of nice," said Joni Peterson of Wausau.

Local officials and businesses had floats parked outside displaying lights and decorations.

Many people were surprised when the annual holiday parade was canceled due to cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills.

"Bummed out, we were kind of sad," said Brittany Hagermann, a teacher at Bethlehem Preschool in Rothschild. The school has had a float in the parade for five years, and it's a tradition.

"We worked hard on the float and we have decorations from the classes and things like that," said Hagermann. "We worked hard on and now it's kind of useless this year."

But earlier Friday, Wausau Events gave some floats a second chance.

"We did open it up to people knowing that some people already put time and energy into their floats," said Kasey Taube, the Wausau Events production assistant.

The city opened about 20 spots for floats to park. Organizers say it was much safer than holding the entire parade.

But what if you still want to be a part of a parade? Mosinee is still holding one Saturday. The Chamber of Commerce director says the low temperatures aren't going to stop them.

"We don't want people to get too cold but everyone is so enjoying the parade," said Tami Campo, the chamber's executive director. She says floats from Wausau's canceled parade are welcome to join them.

"We've had seven already call us and we have welcomed them to our parade," said Campo.

The Mosinee parade starts Friday at 6:00 p.m. down Main Street.

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