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See tiny vehicles, clowns and one large dragon as Shriners from Midwest, Canada collect in Inexperienced Bay and Seymour for parades

Shriners are well-known for his or her tiny vehicles in parades. Spectators may have two probabilities to catch parades as a part of the Midwest Shrine Affiliation conference at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in Seymour and 10:30 a.m. Aug. 20 in Inexperienced Bay.

GREEN BAY – Greater than 700 Shriners and their spouses are headed to Inexperienced Bay subsequent week, and whereas none will probably be making the journey driving a tiny automotive, you possibly can guess they’ll be bringing a couple of alongside.

Two parades for the general public will probably be a part of the Midwest Shrine Affiliation conference Aug. 17-20, which suggests spectators can count on grown males zipping round in mini motorized autos — lengthy a signature of Shriners parade items.

“Us large boys appearing like little boys,” mentioned Gary Fehl, public relations director for the native Beja Shriners.

There will probably be little vehicles, mini bikes, large wheel tricycles, go-karts and bikes, many performing in formation, for parades at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in Seymour and 10:30 a.m. Aug. 20 in Inexperienced Bay. The routes as as follows:

  • In Seymour: Travels down Foremost Avenue from Babbitt to Eagle streets

  • In Inexperienced Bay: Begins at Dousman Avenue and Navy Avenue, travels Dousman to North Taylor Avenue after which Bond Avenue to the Beja Shriners, 1950 Bond St.

Not all the items will probably be powered by motors. An vintage Wells Fargo stagecoach will probably be pulled by horses and a big Chinese language dragon will work the group due to eight or 9 Shriners stroll beneath the enormous puppet.

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A dragon named Chang that requires up to nine Shriners to move will be among the units in two Midwest Shriners Association parades in Seymour and Green Bay.

A dragon named Chang that requires as much as 9 Shriners to maneuver will probably be among the many items in two Midwest Shriners Affiliation parades in Seymour and Inexperienced Bay.

The fraternal group recognized for its work with the Shriner’s Kids’s community of hospitals may even be sending within the clowns, one other of its hallmarks, for each parades.

“A shrine parade is basically extra of a efficiency parade,” mentioned Gene Reece, director common for MSA 2022. “Each unit is doing a efficiency, both a clown efficiency or a motor corps efficiency the place they’re doing a cadence with their motorized autos. The intent is to actually promote the enjoyable and fellowship of Shriners and Shriners Worldwide and to advertise what we name the world’s biggest philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Kids.”

It’s the primary time the Beja Shriners is internet hosting the conference, which can welcome members from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota and the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The occasion rotates among the many 15 Shrine facilities within the MSA. Beja Shriners has been with the MSA for 5 years and would not host once more till 2037.

Attendees will headquarter on the Radisson Lodge & Conference Middle, the place the vast majority of the actions, together with a “moonshine tasting get together” and Wisconsin tailgate, are for members solely.

The general public is invited to take a look at the motor corps and clown competitions from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 19. Reece mentioned the clowns would welcome an viewers to play off as they face off in such classes as make-up/costume, parade capability, balloon tying and one- two- and three-man and unit competitions.

“The clowns take it extraordinarily critically, as a result of the Shriner clowns are one of many oldest organizations within the Shrine,” Reece mentioned. “They’ve their very own clown affiliation.”

Whereas all that clowning round is occurring contained in the convention heart, out on the west finish of the Radisson parking zone, spectators can watch Shriners compete in quite a lot of motorized competitions, together with formations and impediment programs.

A market with trinkets and crafts on the market can be open to the general public from 3 to six p.m. Aug. 17 and eight a.m. to three p.m. Aug. 18 and 19 contained in the convention heart. Guests shouldn’t be shocked if an impromptu band or bagpipers pop as much as carry out within the foyer. It’s simply what occurs when Shriners get collectively.

“Come out and watch Shriners having enjoyable serving to children,” Fehl mentioned.

Contact Kendra Meinert at 920-431-8347 or [email protected] Observe her on Twitter @KendraMeinert

This text initially appeared on Inexperienced Bay Press-Gazette: Shriners plan parades in Inexperienced Bay, Seymour for Midwest conference