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Rain holds off for Torchlight Parade


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Despite a thunderstorm that blew through the area earlier in Thursday afternoon, Mother Nature cooperated by providing thousands of people with a dry Torchlight Parade.

The lighted floats and bands marched through the northside parade route Thursday evening under cloudy skies that threatened, but only dropped the odd drop of rain.

The parade is one of the two events during Oktoberfest-the other being the Maple Leaf parade.

In past years, the Torchlight usually fell towards the end of Oktoberfest.  Starting next year, however, the parade will mark the start of a shorter, four-day festival.


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Although rain, lightning, and thunder is moving through the region Thursday afternoon, the Torchlight Parade is still set to go on according to Oktoberfest officials.

A spokesperson for the fest said that they've been in touch with the National Weather Service about the weather.  The NWS said that the short term forecast calls for no rain between 4:00 p.m and 9:00 p.m.

The parade is set to start at 7:00 p.m.


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