Family sets up early each year for the Maple Leaf Parade

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The Maple Leaf Parade steps off on La Crosse’s Northside Saturday morning at 10.

Families are already staking out a spot.

Each year dozens of people hold their place on the parade route to get the best spot.

Jane and Bill Binnebose have been watching the parade since 1979.

Now they watch with three generations of their family–their kids, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

The couple says waking up at 5 in the morning–the day before the parade–is worth all the great memories they’ve made.

“We’ve seen these same people for years and years and years, enjoying the fest, enjoying their family and unity and just having a good time,” said Jane Binnebose.

The Maple Leaf Parade begins Saturday at 10 a.m.

If you are heading out to the Maple Leaf–keep in mind–the Clinton Street bridge will be closed starting at 6 tomorrow morning.

It will stay closed until the parade is over.

If you need to get to French Island, use Interstate 90.