by Laura Kocum
on Friday, May 27th, 2016 at 9:38am.
This weekend, fire up your grill, enjoy brats and live music at the World's Largest Brat Fest, and then on Monday, take some time to visit downtown Monona. The city is hosting it's 61st annual Memorial Day Parade, the largest parade in Wisconsin. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the 4400 block of Monona Drive.
The parade is an annual tradition, and includes floats, bands, and entertainment, along with the opportunity to honor our military, both past and present. "It's important to honor veterans for many reasons," says parade organizer, Kelly Slack. "Many have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom. It is also important to recognize those individuals who have made the choice to serve our country and protect what America stands for. Veterans have fought to make this country great and continue to do so everyday." Slack says more than 20,000 people come to watch the parade and pay their respects to the military and veterans. There is also a place for honoring first responders like police, fire fighters and paramedics. And, there's always a few fire trucks, police cars and other popular vehicles to view throughout the parade.
This year's Memorial Day Parade includes local favorites like the Weinermobile, the UW Spirit Squad, the UW Alumni Band, and, of course Bucky Badger. The parade route will travel south on Monona Drive and west on Owen Road, ending at Village Lanes. The 2016 Grand Marshall is WVMO 98.7, the Voice of Monona. Sponsors include Monona State Bank, the Monona East Side Business Alliance, and many more.
So while you're sure to enjoy the brats and entertainment at Brat Fest, and you may even host your own backyard BBQ, remember the opportunity to take in Wisconsin's largest parade, and to honor the meaning of Memorial Day.