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Wisconsin Rapids holiday parade goes on, incident-free

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WAOW) -- With the recent tragic events in Waukesha on their minds, some people in Wisconsin Rapids admitted they were a little nervous for the city's "Rekindle the Spirit" parade Wednesday.
At least until the city said they'd take extra precautions, that is.
Wood County law enforcement lined the intersections of Grand Avenue, but the only time people heard sirens were for good reasons.
"That was a little concern of our family coming out but the city came out and said there were going to be more law enforcement available so we felt it was safe to bring our family here," Brady Goska of Wisconsin Rapids said.
Members of Wisconsin Rapids police and the Wood County Sheriff's Office were among those ensuring safety, which organizers say had to be a top priority.
(Hannah Ashbeck/Events and Marketing Director, Wis. Rapids Chamber of Commerce) "They just want to ensure a safe event just like we do," the city Chamber of Commerce's events and marketing director Hannah Ashbeck said. "We want it to be fun and we want everyone to just worry about the parade and enjoy their night and not have to think about anything else," she added.
Over at Veterans Memorial Park, lights of all types were lit up, but not before remembering the tragic events of Sunday.
"We normally always do the lighting ceremony, that's always been kind of a tradition with this event. The moment of silence is something we've obviously never done before but thought it was appropriate," Ashbeck said.
The parade passed through without incident, and it turned out Grand Avenue was the place to be.
"All the little kids got candy and enjoyed seeing the bright lights from all the vehicles and a lot of festive things around here tonight," Goska said.
As it all settled down, it went with no fright; but not before Santa wished all a good night.

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