George Esser
Brewers of
Great Beer
 
 

The Cross Plains Beer Parade.

       Cross Plains has always been famous for parades. As the village slogan says, "famous for friendliness", it was good reason to gather as a community and have a great time. One of the Village's more famous parades was the Beer Parade of 1933. The repeal of the hated Volstead Act, also known as Prohibition and lasting 13 years, was celebrated by the very German community of Cross Plains with a Beer Parade. The parade was to have attracted an estimated 5,000 beer drinkers to the Village, which then had the population of 200. On May 5, 2001, Cross Plains reenacted its first version of the Beer Parade, honoring some of the people that were in the 1933 parade.

      This year, on May 4, 2013, a beer parade will be held once again on Main Street starting at 4:00 p.m. It will commemorate 150 years of the Esser family in the beer business, and celebrate the 80th anniversary of that original 1933 Beer Parade. This historic parade makes for a fun-filled day for the Cross Plains community, with something for the young and old alike.

 


Poster promoting 2013 Parade.

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