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Three “Dancing Grannies” were killed and at least 18 children were injured at Waukesha’s Christmas parade.

Families were out in force for the parade on Sunday, with parents, grandmothers and children dancing, playing or marching, and others cheering them on, all to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season.

Now, five people have died, including two members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, an amateur dance group for grandmothers that has been a fixture in the local parades for nearly four decades. And dozens more people are injured, including at least 10 children in intensive care.

Virginia Sorenson, 79, LeAnna Owen, 71, and Tamara Durand, 52, were both members of the Dancing Grannies. Dan Thompson, the Waukesha police chief, identified the others killed as Jane Kulich, both 52, and Wilhelm Hospel, 81.

On Facebook on Monday, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies mourned their losses.

“Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies,” the group’s statement said. “Their eyes gleamed .…. joy of being a Grannie. They were the glue …. held us together.”

At a news conference on Monday, the chief medical officer of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Dr. Michael Gutzeit, said 18 children had been brought to the hospital after the parade, all between the ages of 3 and 16. The medical director of the hospital’s intensive care unit, Dr. Michael Meyer, said 10 of them were in the I.C.U. and six were in critical condition.

“The injuries from Sunday night will go well beyond the physical and will take time to heal,” Dr. Gutzeit said.

The victims include three sets of siblings, said Dr. Amy Drendel, the medical director for the hospital’s emergency defense and trauma center. Their ailments range from facial abrasions to broken bones to serious head injuries.

The Waukesha School District canceled classes on Monday because of the tragedy.

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