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Communities to commemorate Memorial Day with parades, ceremonies

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(WKOW) -- From festivals to parades, it's a busy weekend in south-central Wisconsin. Below are a list of festivals and opportunities including parades and ceremonies to commemorate Memorial Day.


Brat Fest

Alliant Energy Center, Madison

Brats, music and a fair raises money for local charities through Memorial Day.

Visit for a schedule of events.

Chocolate Fest


A festival celebrating all things chocolate running through Memorial Day weekend with a parade on Monday.

Visit for a schedule of events.

New Glarus Music Fest

Village Park, New Glarus

A family friendly festival includes volleyball and music on Sunday; Furniture with Flair auction on Monday.

Visit for a schedule of events.

Poker Run Motorcycle Ride

11 a.m.


The ride starts at Badger Harley Davidson, 6200 Millpond Rd., and takes bikers on a 75-mile scenic ride throughout the afternoon. The ride benefits Fischer House.


Beloit Memorial Day Parade

9 a.m.

The parade starts in South Beloit, travels along Blackhawk Boulevard into Beloit, onto State Street and to Grand Avenue, ending at Horace White Park.

Briggsville Memorial Day parade and ceremony

1 p.m.

The parade will make stops at the Protestant and Catholic cemeteries for salutes to veterans, and end at the park. A short ceremony will follow the parade.

Cambridge Memorial Day parade and ceremony

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fire Station, 271 Main Street

All-you-can-eat breakfast at the fire station; parade starts at 10:30 a.m. followed by a service downtown in Veteran's Park.

Compassionate Friends Memorial Day bench dedication service

11 a.m.

Near the children’s playground of Vilas Park, 702 S. Randall Ave., Madison

Annual event for families who have experienced the death of a child; The service includes poems, guest musicians and speakers, along with the reading of names added to benches at the playground.

Cross Plains Memorial Day chicken BBQ

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

American Legion Park, 2217 American Legion Drive

New to the event this year is a 5K run/walk, which starts at 8:30 a.m. It’s followed by a parade at 11 a.m. BBQ is served from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will be a DJ and kids activities in the afternoon.

Fitchburg Memorial Day observance

1 p.m.

Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 Lacy Rd.

The event includes keynote speaker Mary Kolar, a retired U.S. Navy captain. At 2:30 p.m., a wreath will be laid at the Fitchburg Veterans Memorial at Gormon Park

Ho-Chunk Gaming Memorial Day flag raising

11 a.m.

Ho-Chunk Gaming-Wisconsin Dells, S3214 County Highway BD, Baraboo

The ceremony will include a flag detail to raise the flags and a Ho-Chunk traditional drum group.

Janesville Memorial Day parade

11 a.m.

The parade starts at Milwaukee Street and High Street and travels to Main Street.

Monona Memorial Day parade

10 a.m.

The parade starts at the 4400 block of Monona Drive, heads west onto Owen Road, and ends at the Village Lanes parking lot. This year, two VFP members will be featured in the parade: Will Williams, a Vietnam Veteran; and Lincoln Grahlfs, WWII Atomic Veteran in the Pacific.

Richland Center Memorial Day parade

10 a.m.

The parade starts by the post office on Central Avenue and marches to Richland Center Cemetery for ceremony.

Madison Memorial Day observance

1-3 p.m.

James Madison Park, Madison

The annual Veterans for Peace event will feature keynote speaker Nicole McCoy, a Marine Corps veteran, who will discuss sexual abuse in today’s military. Flowers will be placed at the Clarence Kailin Lincoln Brigade Memorial at the close of the program.

Memorial Mile

Olbrich Park on Atwood Avenue, Madison

The Memorial Mile features a display of miniature tombstones representing U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Community members are invited to help take down the display on Saturday, May 31, at 1 p.m.

Oxford Memorial Day parade and ceremony

10:30 a.m.

The parade will go through downtown and end at the cemetery. Also, the Oxford Chamber of Commerce has sponsored a raffle to raise scholarship funds. The drawing will be at 1 p.m. at the VFW Post, N3250 1st Dr.

Spring Grove Civil War monument rededication and parade

9 a.m.

The parade starts at the American Legion, 111 S. 2nd Street, in Delavan, and ends at Spring Grove Cemetery, N. 7th Street. Following the parade will be the rededication of the Civil War monument in Spring Grove Cemetery after three-year restoration effort.

Sun Prairie Memorial Day parade and ceremony

10 a.m.

The parade will begin at Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School, 220 Kroncke Drive, head down Main Street, turn left on Walker Way and end at the Sun Prairie Veterans Memorial. The ceremony will follow the parade and include speakers from the VFW Post 9362, the American Legion, and city officials.

Wisconsin Dells Memorial Day observances

9 a.m.

The parade will start at the corner of Washington Avenue and Superior Street by Zinke's Village Market, 216 Washington Ave., head north on Superior to Broadway, then east on Broadway to Bowman Road south, ending at Bowman Park. A program at the park will start at 9:45 a.m.

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