Monday and Tuesday, I ran the final look at Marengo’s Settlers Days Parade.
Today we complete our visit of one of the better parades of the year.
I wasn’t the only one taking photographs.
On the back of the big black truck was a band.
Behind the band was Artic Heating and Air Conditioning’s truck.
And, then, there was a fifth County Board candidate.
Nothing on the front of the old red pickup truck to provide name identification, but on the side was a variation of the Standard Oil logo, now gone because British Petroleum bought out the Illinois-based company.
One of the big problems that new candidates have is name identification.
I heard on NPR that names are so hard to remember because they are absolutely random.
There is nothing to associate them with except a face and a face gives no clue as to a person’s name.
Michael Stanard has probably found a way to make his name memorable, if he advertises enough.
Bringing up the rear of the parade proper was a woman leading a pony. She followed a woman holding a banner identifying the entry as the Hooved Animal Humane Society.
The kids were enchanted by the animal and none of the other participants had to step on any pony poop.
My car was parked down near the old high school, so I walked the parade route.
I found these boys waving American Flags.
it looked as if people were not ready for the parade to end.
I passed a card table which solicited $10 to “Support Our Sean,” a youth with leukemia.
Parade candy had been gathered.
I found a Corey Brackmann tee shirt and asked the man wearing it to remind Brackmann that he had not sent McHenry County Blog an announcement of his candidacy.
I thought the pony was the end of the Marengo Settlers Days Parade, but it wasn’t.
The street closing barriers were being picked up.
The parade was over, but people were slow in leaving.
I found retired United Airlines Buck Hilbert enjoying the afternoon.
And some women who wondered where the Lawn Chair Dads were.
More on that in another story.
Strangely missing from the parade was McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi.
I think this is the first I have attended that he was not in.