Marengo’s Settlers Days Parade is one of the best in McHenry County.
As you would expect, my eyes were searching for political aspects.
Mayor Don Lockhart was riding in one of the first cars after that of Parade Marshall Richard Eicksteadt. (My camera was not on auto focus for Eicksteadt, so the photo is much to fuzzy.)
Union Village President Robert Wagner was in the back of a pickup truck.
Next came the Marengo High School Band.
I saw a vehicle from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, but Undersheriff Andy Zinke wasn’t in it this time. I haven’t seen him in a parade since the one in Crystal Lake.
Then there was a long wait.
Pam Althoff was passing out Double Bubble gum after the long break.
Next came the entry for hometown boy Jack Franks…but he wasn’t there. [Correction – A commenter says he was there. I surely did not see him. He must have been on the other side of the truck.]
The Settlers’ Days Court float came next.
Unlike other parades in McHenry County, Marengo’s has figured out a way to entice a lot of bands to town.
Did I mention that people were passing out candy?
Another band, this one from Aurora’s Marmion-Rosary High School came along.
My definition of political includes any entity that spends tax money, so the Marengo-Union Grade School District qualifies.
The Dwight Township High School Marching Trojans came all the way up Route 47 to participate in the band contest and march in the parade.
From Harvard came the Milk Days Queen, Tiffany Hernandez, and her Court.
A while later, I spotted two boys, one pedaling a vehicle and another riding behind as a gladiator might have.
The float followed behind.
The man walking on my side of the float next to the sign is Bill Prim.
Walsh Freedom volunteers were among the volunteers for Bill Prim.
Another band came after the Prim entry.
Pirate Jack Sparrow made another appearance in Marengo for the parade.
The Evanston High School Band was next.
Soon there was another candidate, Mary McClellan, running in a three-way race for County Clerk.
The band with the most members was the Wheeling Township High School Warriors.
Leslie Schermerhorn, a public official who up for election followed the big band.
Naked men came next.
Next came a group loud enough to wake folks up–the Crystal Lake Strikers.
After some commercial entries, came the Union Cavalry.
The Johnnie Rebs came next.
A pair of riflemen were defending the the cannoneers.
Then the cannon went off, aimed at the Northerners.
The Union men kept advancing.