APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) - The oldest and largest Flag Day parade in the nation takes place Saturday in Appleton.
A team of 14 people work year round to put on Appleton's three major parades.
This weekend's flag day parade will showcase some new floats, while maintaining the event's rich history.
"People come out to honor America, honor or flag, our veterans and our current military" explains Harvey Samson, Assistant Chairman for the Flag Day parade.
People come from across the nation to experience Flag Day in Appleton.
"This town is just crazy for it" says parade Chairman Greg Otis. "We have to put on the best show that we can".
More than 100 floats and marching bands will pay a patriotic tribute to the armed forces.
"We rotate services every year. This year is the Marines year. Everything they can do to promote the Marines we'll take" Otis explains.
The popular circus wagons are making a return and so is a unique living Iwo Jima monument.
Part of the show will be in the air, with two bird dog plans flying overhead.
An estimated 70,000 people will line the parade route.
"You will see people out at 5:00 or 6:00 in the morning marking their spots" Otis says with a smile.
When it comes to parking, the downtown ramps will be your best bet.
Cars parked along the parade route will be towed starting around noon on Saturday.
"Come early, go to lunch downtown" Otis suggests. "Get your spot, get back in your seat by 2:00 pm and we are going to put on a great show for you".
To take a closer look at the route click here.
Local 5 will broadcast the Flag Day parade Saturday, June 14th following our 10:00 pm newscast. The special will air again on Sunday, June 22 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm.