Parade on Demand Visits Several Stops in St. Cloud

Parade on Demand Visits Several Stops in St. Cloud Click to Enlarge Photo: Jennifer Lewerenz

(KNSI) - If you saw a line of public works vehicles, police cars, a fire truck, the mayor, and a snowplow traveling around St. Cloud Wednesday night, there was no emergency. It was a parade on demand.

Granite City Days was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the big parade was made smaller with the help of Bernick's.

In his State of the City, Mayor Dave Kleis said people could request a parade to go by their house or neighborhood, so Wednesday was the day.

"We've never canceled the Granite City Days parade, not because of rain, so, we figured we'd do parades on demand so we could keep in within the health guidelines, but at the same time, still being able to celebrate the community and we had an opportunity to put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces."

The six unit parade was made up of a St. Cloud Police car, a public works flatbed truck, a snowplow, the St. Cloud Rox, a city garbage truck, and big St. Cloud Fire Department hook and ladder truck. The parade made several stops around town, including the Real Life Cooperative senior living, the St. Cloud Hospital, downtown St. Cloud, and a surprise stop at Haws Park.

Mayor Kleis was joined by local singer James Calacsan who sang "God Bless America" at each of the stops.