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Rotary Lights makes changes for COVID season

Brad Williams

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The Rotary Lights experience in downtown La Crosse will be changed a little this year from the usual festival. 

Some of the changes have resulted from the pandemic, but the path in and out of Riverside Park has been affected this year by construction at the La Crosse Center. 

The president of Rotary Lights, Pat Stephens, says Front Street to the south of State Street won’t be available to drivers.

Instead, drivers will enter the park from Vine Street and Front Street from the north, and exit onto State Street.   

Stephens reminds us that there won’t be a parade on opening night, November 27th, but Santa will still come to the park to switch on the lights.

Santa isn’t going to have kids sit on his lap this year, during the pandemic, but he’ll spend lots of nights before Christmas in the park inside his workshop, speaking with kids and parents through the window.    

Rotary Lights started 25 years ago, in 1995.  It runs for 35 nights this year, through New Year’s Eve.       

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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