The weather for the Settlers Days Parade was perfect.
The temperature was in the 70’s.
There wasn’t much wind.
I plunked my lawn chair down at the corner across from Brandt’s Pharmacy.
It was also, for the first time, really close to the announcement stand.
That was in the shade, which, unfortunately resulted in some of my photos not being as good as I would have liked.
The Color Guard, of course, came first, followed immediately by Veterans units.
Marengo Police had a squad car, but the star of their entry was the dog.
Its handler gave hand signs for stop, sit, lay and come. The photo you see is the K-9 obeying the last command.
Mayor Don Lockhart was behind. Unlike in Johnsburg, the mayor was not followed by members of his council.
Union Village President Robert Wagner was next.
Then came the fire engines. Marengo, Union, Harvard, Woodstock and the Northern Illinois Fire Museum.
A motorcyclist from the Sheriff’s Department performed maneuvers.
The first of many bands–Marengo High School’s–entertained the ear drums that had not been damaged by the loud fire engine sirens.
Right behind was a mobile command center for the McHenry County Emergency Agency, compliments of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, if the sticker on the truck’s side is any indication.
Finally, I sighted an entry from an elected official–State Senator Pam Althoff.
Following was State Rep. Jack Franks.
He hit the other side of the street from where I was, but had to jump part of the barrier to catch up with his supporters.
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Part 2 tomorrow.
Here is Part 2.