Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade

July 2, 2017

1 p.m.
music entry in the Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade

The parade steps off at 1 p.m. in the Uptown district, at the corner of 63rd Street and 22nd Avenue, and moves north on 22nd Avenue to 60th Street. The route then proceeds east on 60th Street to Sheridan Road, then north on Sheridan Road, ending at 54th Street. Parade announcers and a reviewing stand for event sponsor Snap-on Inc., will be located at Civic Center Park, 900 57th St., on Sheridan Road at the 5700 block.

Parade entrants have the opportunity to highlight their own history in Kenosha – or celebrate milestones from the city’s past – in the 2017 Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade presented by Snap-on. This year’s parade theme is “Honoring Kenosha’s History,” The parade is organized by the City of Kenosha, and presented with major sponsorship from Snap-on.

Snap-on will celebrate its heritage with a float entry, “Innovating since 1920.” The float pays tribute to Kenosha’s history, remembering business and culture from the early 20th century. Formed in 1920, Snap-on has continued its innovative leadership and today as a $3.4 billion S&P 500 company, is headquartered in Kenosha. Snap-on offers products and services to professionals worldwide across multiple industries.

The Kenosha County Historical Society’s parade entry pays tribute to Kenosha’s automotive history, with a display of classic automobiles. The Historical Society operates the Kenosha History Center, which focuses on the history of the City of Kenosha and Kenosha County. It also operates the Southport Light Station Museum located in the lightkeepers house adjacent to the 1866 lighthouse.

Kenosha County joins the City of Kenosha in supporting the parade, along with division sponsors Kenosha Kingfish, Kenosha News, Jockey International, Johnson Bank and Southport Bank.

Twenty floats will compete for the honor of Best in Show, and also first, second and third place ribbons in categories including Artistic Excellence, Patriotism, Hometown Pride, Spirit/Energy and Best Use of Theme. This year’s float judges are Vicki Seebeck, co-owner of Seebeck Gallery with her husband, Jon; and Jennie Tunkieicz, chief of staff to County Executive Jim Kreuser and a member of the Kenosha Community Foundation Arts Fund board. Floats will be judged prior to the parade in the staging area. Winners will be announced during the parade at the reviewing stand area in Civic Center Park.

A community bike parade was added to the parade lineup in 2015 with great success, and continues this year. All ages are welcome to participate – but bicyclists must be able to ride two miles without stopping. All participants in the bike parade must ride a bike; no walking or jogging with the group. Bike parade participants do not need to submit a parade application, but should plan to gather along 61st Street west of 22nd Avenue in the parade staging area no later than 12 p.m., prior to the 1 p.m. start time.

The Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade has been entertaining thousands of people for more than 40 years with award winning marching bands, floats, unique performance groups and more.

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