Neighborhood Festivals Become Porch Parades
Bay View and Silver City will play host to socially-distant parades this weekend.
The summer of 2020 became the summer of cancelations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gone is virtually every event where a crowd might gather.
Now two different Milwaukee street festivals will try to salvage what’s left by hosting socially-distant parades that snake through residential side streets.
Leading the parade will be two musical acts: Mariachi Zamora and Oumar Sagna & Sindoola.
Parade watchers are encouraged to grab lunch at Vientiane Noodle Shop (3422 W. National Ave.), Orenda Cafe (3514 W. National Ave.) or Thai Bar-B-Que (3417 W. National Ave.) before watching the program. More information is available on the LBWN website.
Bay View Bash
Normally thousands of people would fill S. Kinnickinnic Ave. to eat, drink and listen to live music at multiple stages during the Bay View Bash. But the 2020 event was canceled.
The volunteer-led street festival will transition solely to a “porch parade” that will loop through much of the South Side neighborhood starting at 7:30 p.m. on September 12th. “Featuring The Quilz, Nasty Boys and maybe even some dinosaurs,” teases the Facebook event announcement.
Dinosaurs? A group of neighborhood residents donned inflatable dinosaur costumes and led a short parade in late March shortly after the pandemic took hold in Milwaukee.