Maple Leaf Parade Family Zone to be hosted by Boy Scouts this year

Former coalition dissolved last month

Riverfest is in full swing in La Crosse right now, but Oktoberfest was a topic of discussion on Monday.

An alcohol-free, family-friendly zone will be returning to the Oktoberfest Maple Leaf Parade again this year. La Crosse’s Board of Public Works voted in favor of allowing the local Boy Scouts to take over the Family Zone.

The Zone is an annual, alcohol free area along the parade route for families, including bleachers and activities for kids.

Local Boy Scout leaders say the zone is a chance for troops to give back to the community.

“We are really proud to be able to carry on the tradition of the Family Zone at the Maple Leaf Parade. It’s an opportunity for the Boy Scouts of America, the Gateway Area Council locally, to contribute to the event and give families a safe and fun area to also enjoy the parade,” said Gateway Area Council Boy Scouts of America Development Director Mary Freybler.

The zone was hosted by the ‘Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition’ in the past, but the coalition was dissolved last month.