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Time to gear up for Children's Parade
Pictured wearing their cheese gear and getting ready for the Cheese Days Children's Parade, from left in the back row, are 8-year-old twins Will and Brady Keehn with Bella and Melana Brunton. In the front are Julia Keehn, 3, Delaney Sweeny, Simon Zimmerman and Alisha Brunton. Parents of the Keehn twins are Kyle and Teresa Keehn. The Brunton triplets are 12 years old, and their parents are Bill and Kelly Brunton. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - The Cheese Days Children's Parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Anyone wishing to participate in the parade should meet at the north side of the Monroe Middle School between 5 and 5:15 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.

The Children's Parade will begin by the Middle School, go right (east) on 11th Street (going past Suisse Haus and continuing past Heartland Graphics), north on 18th Avenue, traveling between City Hall and the post office. At the Wisconsin Community Bank parking lot, it will go west on 9th Street. At the Stop-N-Go corner, it will go south on 16th Avenue, passing by Monroe Theatre Guild, and then proceed down the west side of the square and continue south toward the Middle School.

Participants are asked to dress in one of the following themes:

• Superheroes or wear the Supercow T-shirt that can be purchased at the Cheese Days store located in the lower level of the Green County Courthouse

• Something cheesy or get Cheese Days gear and walk with Wedgie the Cheese Days mascot

• Walk with an American Girl doll or other doll or stuffed animal

• I See Double and I See Triple (twins, triplets or others dressed to match)

• Swiss costumes

Anyone interested in purchasing a Cheese Days T-shirt to wear in the parade may purchase them at the Cheese Days store. Children's shirts are being sold for $10 in sizes 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 2T, 4T, 2-4, 6-8, 10-12 and 14-16. Adult shirts are $18 to $35 and available in sizes small to 4XL.

Production Grinding and Machining is sponsoring a trolley for special needs children and adults in honor of the memory of Monsignor Thomas F. Campion, an advocate for the disabled. Klondike Cheese is sponsoring T-shirts for these children that ride in the parade. Call 608-329-2465 to register to ride the trolley and to order a T-shirt. The T-shirt says "Eat Cheese it's Holy."

Groups walking in the parade are: Fire truck with Sparky; Cheese Days Prince Simon Zimmerman and Princess Delaney Sweeney driven by Jenny Coplien; Cheese Days Prince and Princess contestants float driven by Bruce Meier; Wedgie driven by Mark Coplien with Coplien Painting truck; Swiss children ringing the Appenzell bell; families with St. Bernard dogs; youth and adults in Swiss costumes; children and families in Superheroes T-shirts or cheese gear; Studio M Dancers in Swiss costumes; 4H clubs; St. Victor School; children with an American Girl Doll, doll or stuffed animal; Monroe preschool; Green County YMCA preschool; Monroe Bible Church Awana group; Rainbow Childcare; I See Double and I See Triple; LifeSpring Church; Girl Scout troops; YMCA Gator Swim Team; Crossroads Youth Group; YMCA Blaze football; Middle School sports teams; bikes, wagons or roller blades; pugs/dogs on Parade - bring a bag to pick up waste; Behr Salvage truck; Colony Brands Chris Mouse on float; Production Grinding and Machining trolley for Campion's Champions people; Rufi Cheesy Train; EMS; and police car.

Any other groups interested in being in the parade should call Marge Klinzing at 608-329-2465. Groups can be accepted up until parade time.