OK. You got me.
It’s July 3rd.
And it wasn’t sweltering hot. I found the shade most of the hour and a half 90-something entry parade.
The biggest political entry was Congressman Joe Walsh’s.
He followed Congressman Don Manzullo and his wife Freda, who rode in a convertible.
Between them was McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren. If one did not recognize the Sheriff, one would not have known that he was in the parade.
Last year at parades there were Sheriff’s Department motorcyclists, a snow mobile, a community service vehicle, plus a convertible with identification signs on the sides in which the Sheriff rode.
There was an unmarked gray car that followed with a female officer. I’m not familiar enough with the patch she wore to know if she’s a Sheriff’s Deputy.
Can’t do a story without mentioning the Grand Marshall. After all she is the mother of McHenry County Board member Jim Heisler and Nunda Township Supervisor John Heisler.
Next came the Crystal Lake Lions huge flag. I only wish I had had a higher vantage point.
JA Frate’s Fallen Heroes semi-trailer paid appropriate honor to those who have defended our freedom.
Then the banner of Congressman Joe Walsh came down the hill.
A man with a bull horn said patriotic things.
Next came Congressman Walsh. He was greeting people along the parade route, the only politician besides McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi to do so.
What you see below was not an isolated occurrence. A number of people made the effort to reach out to Congressman Walsh.
Parents seemed please that Walsh did not ignore the future voters.
Marching music was playing from Joe Walsh’s parade vehicle and a line of girls were marching to its beat.
Walsh saw them and stepped over to clap in time with them.
The Congressman who has had his 8th District reapportioned out from under him did not ignore the ladies of voting age.
Some women were as enthusiastic to see him as the men above.
A blue-shirted lady nearby was not to be outdone. She also grasped Walsh’s hands and told him something.
Walsh was not the only member of the family greeting voters.
His wife Helene was pressing the flesh, too.
The truck from which the sound was coming contained that part of a mariachi band that needed a stable platform.
Ever since I heard my first mariachi band in the 1960’s, I always wished I had enough money to hire them for parades. He hired the Ranchitos. I hope he does it for every parade.
But that wasn’t all I noticed in the Joe Walsh contingent.
One of the rejected applicants to replace State Rep. Mark Beaubien, Nick Sauer, introduced himself. Since I didn’t have a picture of him, you can bet I pushed the button.
The Barrington School Board member was waving an American Flag at the end of the Walsh group.
I also spotted past Crystal Lake City Council candidate Mike Shorten. He is now a Nunda Township precinct committeeman.
The next political entry was a bicycle ridden by a man displaying signs for McHenry County Board member Donna Kurtz. (She tells me she and her mother, former State Rep. Rosemary Kurtz, were in the parade, but my eyes must have been elsewhere.)
The only County Board member I saw at the parade was Nunda Township’s District 3 member Mary Donner.
Looking very much as if he will be a candidate in the 2012 elections was McHenry County State’s attorney Lou Bianchi.
The political entry was the PTLAG contingent.
The acronym is short for “Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.” The group is a member of the coalition that convinced the Illinois General Assembly to enact the civil union legislation that took effect June 1st.
The next political group was the Jesse White Tumblers.
Before you get all bent out of shape, do remember that Secretary of State Jesse White did accompany his tumblers in one 4th of July Parade.
Coming near the end of the parade were the McHenry County Young Republicans.
McHenry County State Rep. and GOP Chairman Mike Tryon walked with the Young Republicans.
While State Rep. Mike Tryon marched with the Young Republicans, I didn’t see State Sen. Pam Althoff.
If newly picked State Rep. Kent Gaffney was in the contingent, I did not recognize him.
His new district will contain more votes in McHenry County than anywhere else. About a third of Crystal Lake is in it.
A surprise addition was West Dundee Village Trustee Allen Skillicorn.
As I look at the contents of the photos, I see a delightful tee shirt.
“Honk if you hate red light cameras.“
That is relevant to McHenry County because Democrat Jack Franks was one of the sponsors of the bill to legalize this form of highway robbery.
And, although it has no political implications, the South Shore Drill Team brought up the rear of the parade.
The team was worth waiting for.
Almost forgot Crystal Lake’s politicians.
Mayor Aaron Shepley was not present, but City Clerk Nick Kachiroubas was.
So were two of the three women on the City Council, Ellen Brady Mueller and Cathy Ferguson.
And, finally, Councilman Ralph Dawson was seated comfortably in the back of a pickup truck.