Fools’ Flotilla returns to Madison on June 11

Apr 18, 2023 | Recreation

River Alliance of Wisconsin welcomes boaters to return to Madison’s Yahara River for the Fools’ Flotilla on June 11. The event is a part of the annual Marquette Neighborhood Association Waterfront Festival. The floating parade will include live music and costumes are encouraged.

“The Yahara River is a wonderful urban river here in Madison,” said River Alliance Executive Director Allison Werner. “Fools’ Flotilla is a fun way to welcome people to visit the river and experience its value to our city. It has become one of the traditions that makes Madison ‘Madison.’”

Fools’ Flotilla invites those with canoes, kayaks, or anything that floats to join a parade down the Yahara River. Costumes for people, pets, and boats are encouraged and celebrated. Registration and information begins at 9:30 a.m. and the river parade starts at 10:30 a.m.

The event is free for all ages, but participants should register to sign a safety agreement and receive email updates on river and weather conditions.

The Marquette Neighborhood Association’s Waterfront Festival will celebrate its 34th year of live music, family friendly events, an array of vendors from local businesses, artists and restaurants, and craft beer and wine tents.

Local businesses are invited to sponsor this high-visibility event. To be a sponsor, contact Karen Anderson at [email protected].

River Alliance of Wisconsin annual sponsors include Art & Sons, Circle M Market Farm BnB, Community Shares of Wisconsin, Deer Creek Cheese, Delta Beer Lab, Delta Properties, Earthling Interactive, Ecology, Econoprint, Fontana Sports, Greater Richland Tourism, Heartwood Tree Company, Ian’s Pizza, Inter-Fluve, Lauer Realty Group, Malt House, MGE Foundation, Numbers 4 Nonprofits, Rutabaga Paddlesports, Sitka Salmon Shares, Spencer Real Estate Group, Trout Unlimited-State Council, WI Land + Water, WVMO-FM.

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