The first indication of politics at McHenry’s 2013 Fiesta Days Parade was a man walking to the marshaling area wearing a Bill Prim for Sheriff tee shirt.
I was on my way to Congressman Randy Hultgren’s Pre-Parade Reception at Perry Moy’s Plum Garden restaurant.
The politicians were lining up with McHenry County State’s Attorney right before the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, which had one vehicle driven by Undersheriff and candidate for Sheriff, Andy Zinke.
Eventually, Zinke put the sign saying, “Andrew Zinke, Undersheriff” on the sides of the front doors of the Sheriff’s Department vehicle.
Bianchi blew the whistle on me.
Politicians were working the crowd before the Parade.
A man was squirting the McHenry High School Band with water. And this was before the parade began.
The Hultgren marchers posed for a group photo.
The parade started with the fire engines on the east side of Route 31 turning on their lights and sirens.
After the color guard, the car carrying Parade Marshal Pete Merkel, recently retired from his post running McHenry’s Recreation Department and the McHenry County Board, led those on the west side of Route 31.
Then came the active politicians/public officials.
The folks on the City Council came first.
Mayor Sue Low was followed by various Aldermen and the one Alderwoman.
Each member of the City Council who was in the parade had a convertible.
Behind the City Council members came Congressman Randy Hultgren.
Then came Illinois legislators’ entries.
State Senator Pam Althoff was in the same group, but it looks as if she eluded my camera.
A banner from the McHenry County Young Republicans came between the Wheeler-Althoff entry and that of State Rep. Jack Franks.
Behind the banner was a group surrounding Jack Franks’ Cadillac convertible.
I did not see the Marengo Democrat at the parade.
McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s group was next.
And then came a vehicle from the Sheriff’s Department.
The newly-elected McHenry Township Assessor Mary Mahady, who will be sworn in, as will all Township Assessors, the first of the year, was the next entry.
The final political-governmental contingents were two others seeking to become McHenry County Sheriff–Bill Prim (R-Cary) and Jim Harrison (I-Woodstock).
Behind Prim was Harrison and those supporting him.
Note that the color scheme is quite visible. (It is black on yellow, the same as I used in my campaigns.)