Yesterday after the Settlers Day Parade I put together some photos and text about the part through the appearance of Congressman Joe Walsh’s appearance.
I wondered how a politician who did not represent the area got to come first, right after the Marengo Marching Indians Band.
Then I got the idea that perhaps the elected officials and candidates may have been ordered by importance of the office they held or sought.
That would explain a congressman’s coming before state legislators.
Congressman Walsh, I have been told, got a healthy reception from parade participants before it started and along the parade route. Certainly, I saw a fair degree of face recognition that wasn’t from seeing him in McHenry County. His TV appearances must have giving a number of participants a sense of knowing him.
Next up was a joint entry similar to the one put together in by Republican State Senator Pam Althoff and hometown boy Democrat State Rep. Jack Franks.
First came Franks’ Cadillac convertible, back seat empty. For the Johnsburg Parade, Franks was in Cuba.
Right behind was McHenry County Board member Tina Hill driving a big black truck with Althoff’s name on the door.
There were walkers, mainly for Franks.
The candy was replenished from a truck carrying a sign saying, “We (heart) Marengo.
There was a long space behind the candy truck.
Others who didn’t get rid of their candy so fast were walking.
Candy was certainly the draw for the youngsters.
And the Franks’ volunteers kept coming in the big gap behind the entry’s vehicles.
“Would Jack Franks be a no show in his hometown the way he was in Johnsburg?” I was thinking.
No, he followed his 200 McHenry Fiesta Days Parade technique of catching up with his walkers by running.
Right behind was music by Tom McDermott’s Soulful Sinners.
There were still more Franks’ volunteers passing out something frozen after the Soulful Sinners and the District 165.
Next was the first commercial entry. Unlike Johnsburg, Lake in the Hills and Crystal Lake, which all had a lot of businesses, there weren’t many in the Settlers Day Parade.
White Lion Real Estate had a white trailer with a lion’s face on the front and a long white tail behind. There was also a costumed white lion.
I kept looking for more politicians, of course, but rounding the corner was another band.
The music was good, so I wasn’t complaining. After all I could get in the shade anytime I wanted to.
The next entry had McHenry County officials.
But, we’ll cover that tomorrow.