Increased security planned at Waukesha Christmas parade in response to last year's tragedy

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Police clear debris left following a driver plowing into the Christmas parade on Main Street in downtown November 22, 2021 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Five people were left dead after a person driving an S.U.V. entered the parade route and proceeded to strike dozens of people. Photo credit Jim Vondruska / Getty Images

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Waukesha in suburban Milwaukee will hold its annual Christmas parade this Sunday,-the first since six people were killed when a man drove his SUV through the crowd at last year's parade.

Parade coordinator Janelle Andrews said several steps have been taken to increase security at the parade. They include more police as well as a new
route.

"We will still be going down Main Street in downtown Waukesha, but we have more of an enclosed perimeter and we're starting and ending the parade procession near the same area where as years past, it was more of a one- way parade route."

Andrew said the new route will make it easier for police to keep the parade
secure. She hopes the added security will ease the concerns of many
people following what happened last year. She also said this year's parade
proves tradition can overcome tragedy.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Jim Vondruska / Getty Images