In La Crosse, there's a big rivalry between the northside and southside. The feelings run deep. The Swanson family has a strong, proud legacy as northsiders. In my opinion, the 2 bet things about the northside are: Nakomis Ave and the Octoberfest Torchlight Parade.
We currently reside on Nakomis Ave - the same street that Dirk grew up on. This street also is home to several other second generation families (both parents and children own houses on the street). It's such a great place to live that everyone seems to come right back. Our kids are now participating in the same activities that Dirk did as a kid. On a recent Saturday night, the Swanson, Griffith, Binsfeld and Erickson kids competed in a neighborhood kickball game. Circle of life.
During La Crosse's world-famous Octoberfest celebration, the best parade is the small-scale torchlight parade. The parade consists of bands and Festmasters. That's it. Short and sweet. Both paraders and spectators adorn their outfits with glow sticks and jewelery. Simone likes anything that "glows up" - who doesn't?!