Whether its 76 trombones leading it as in The Music Man, or a honor guard of veterans, a parade has been a staple of Snowfest. Over the many years of Snowfest, the parade has always been something special, a time for Two Rivers to show off a bit. It’s time for families to get together and a time for groups in the city to show off a bit. It also a time for the…..snow to show up!!!!
Dating back to the start of Snowfest in 1937 there has been snow in the parade and Snowfest 2021 will be no different. With the snow buried for safe keeping (sorry cannot tell you where….it’s secret) it will be dug out and shown off in the back of a city dump truck with a certain polar bear possibly throwing some snow balls to the crowd.
Many different and unique things have been part of the parades in the past history of Snowfest. In 1938, a $35,000 Goodyear rubber balloon parade was part of one of the earlier parades. It is reported 25,000 people were there to witness it. Some of the pictures of this parade are seen below
While this was one of the more parts of the parade there have always been unique parts to all of the past parades. Drum and bugle corps were a common sight in the 1960-1980’s. Clowns, cheer groups, and high school bands have always been and will continue to be a part of the event. Civic organizations and business also put floats into the parade and we really hope they will this year too!
So many memories of past parades have been captured by Two Rivers residents that they fill memory books and film reels in many homes. Just a small sample of them are seen below.
We’re hoping to see so many more pictures just like these come from our parade this July.
So here’s the deal, Saturday July 24th, 2021 starting at 11:00 the parade that will mark the return of Snowfest to downtown Two Rivers will step off. Just like parades in the past bands, floats, and organizations, and of course the snow will make their way up Washington Street and along city streets to hopefully large crowds of people.
The route will start on 12th street near the public works garage and proceed up Washington Street through downtown to 21st Street. It will then turn right onto 21st Street to Jefferson where it will again turn right. It will then travel down Jefferson to 17th Street where it will turn left going over the 17th Street bridge to East Street where it will finish. The route is highlighted on the map below with the start and finish indicated by stars.
If your business or organization would be interested in having a float in the parade or you’re part of a marching group that would like to be in it as well here’s what you need to do. Email our group at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the attached form below and send it our way
If you’re interested in volunteering to help stage the parade and support the participants in the parade we can use your help too. Let us know at the email address above and we will get your scheduled.
In either case we really hope to see you, your family, and your friends on the streets of Two Rivers Saturday July 24th, 2021 for the return of the Snowfest Parade!