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Cheese Days parade, lineup
Ashlynn Schultz, daughter of Amy Schultz, walks with a Brown Swiss calf in the Children’s Parade during the 2016 Cheese Days.

MONROE — The Children’s Parade will be held at 5 p.m. on Sept. 14. Anyone wishing to participate in the parade should meet at the north side (clock tower) of the Middle School between 4:15-4:45 p.m. on 16th Avenue between Suisse Haus and Minhas Brewery. Children of all ages may participate in the parade and must be accompanied by an adult or adult supervisor. There is no need to register unless you are a group walking in the parade.

The parade will begin by the Monroe Middle School. Go right (east) on 12th Street (going past Suisse Haus and continuing past Heartland Graphics) and north on 18th Avenue — travelling between City Hall and the post office. At the Wisconsin Community Bank parking lot, go west on 9th Street. At the corner of Stop and Go, go south on 16th Avenue — passing between the Monroe Library and Monroe Theatre Guild. Proceed onto the west side of the Square and continue south toward the middle school. 

Participants are asked to dress in one of the following themes: “Team Wedgie” — their favorite team sport jersey or sports shirt or wear Cheese Days team Wedgie shirt. Wedgie the Cheese Days mascot will lead this group; Dress in Bling — Wear a princess dress, fancy outfit, or sparkles and glitter led by Green County Dairy Queens; Dress in red, white and blue or red and white for Cheesemakers; Join the middle school sports teams and walk in the parade; dress in any Swiss outfit

Anyone interested in purchasing a Cheese Days T-shirt to wear in the parade may purchase them at the Cheese Days gift shop located in the lower level of the courthouse on the Square. 

Fritz and Sara Wenger are sponsoring two trolleys for children and adults with special needs in honor of the memory of Monsignor Thomas F. Campion, an advocate for the disabled. Call 329-2465 to register to ride the trolley. There is room for 12 people on each trolley. Children and adults with special needs that ride the trolley will get a free, “Eat Cheese it’s Holey” shirt sponsored by Klondike Cheese Company. The space is limited to first come first serve.

Any other groups interested in being in the parade should call Marge Klinzing at 329-2465. Groups can be accepted up until parade time. 

The vehicles that will start the parade will line up on 12th Street by Minhas parking lot and Suisse Haus.

The groups that will be walking will line up on 16th Avenue between Suisse Haus and the parking lot and are: Adults and children in Swiss costumes; cow lead by Schulz family and children and families in “Team Wedgie” shirts or sports jersey/shirt; Studio M dancers in Swiss costumes — Tammy Campbell and Megan Jorenby; 4-H clubs; St. Victor School — Janet Shuda; Green County Dairy Queens walking with children in their bling; Monroe Preschool — Rebecca Tschanz; Dance Company 2023; Monroe Bible AWANA Group; Rainbow Childcare; Red and White and Blue category led by Uncle Sam Rebel Soccer; New Glarus School supporters of Tyse Hoesly the Cheese Days Prince; Girl Scout troops; YMCA Gator Swim Team; Boy Scout troops; The Next Generation — School Referendum families dressed in red and white — Say Yes on Nov. 6; Karate groups; middle school sports teams; bikes, wagons and roller blades. 

The vehicles that end the parade will line up on 15th Avenue between Bullet’s and the middle school and are: Behr Salvage truck; Swiss Colony Christmas Mouse float; Fritz and Sara Wenger trolley for those with special needs — Campion’s Champions shirts sponsored by Klondike Cheese; EMS truck; police motorcycle.