Galesburg Increasing Security Ahead of Holiday Parade in Response to Waukesha Tragedy

The City of Galesburg has announced plans to increase security at this year’s Holly Days Parade, Sunday, December 5th. The move is in response to the tragic incident that occurred during a parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin earlier this week. A statement from the City of Galesburg reads:

In light of the recent tragedy in Wisconsin, the City has developed an enhanced plan for blocking off the parade route, including increased police presence with uniformed officers at every intersection, as well as police vehicles leading and ending the parade procession. Both lighted and unlighted barricades will be utilized to help control traffic and public safety and public works vehicles will both be present during the parade.

“The safety of the community is the top priority of the Galesburg Police Department,” said Police Chief Idle. “While tragedy can unexpectedly strike in any circumstance, please rest assured that the Police Department makes every effort to provide for a controlled and safe environment in which the community can feel safe celebrating and enjoying the parade.”

The Galesburg Fire Department will also be involved in the parade through their traditional rescue of Santa from the rooftop.

“The City is thankful for wonderful organizations such as the Downtown Community Partnership that plan and host fun events for citizens,” said City Manager Todd Thompson. “We are happy to partner with them on safety measures and look forward to a fun and safe community event.”


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