The1.8 mile Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade was held on Sunday, July 2nd.
It was about an hour and a half and featured elected officials and candidates near the front.
Featured entries like the Crystal Lake Strikers, the Jesse White Tumblers and South Shore Drill Team were near the back.
On the way to First Church at 10:35, I saw this long line of folks waiting to get in the Crystal Lake Park District’s Main Beach, presumably to get good places to watch tonight’s fireworks.
Across the street and along Dole Avenue, people called “dibs” on prime sites to view the parade.
As I walked to the staging area, I found this baby ready for its first parade.
Before Dole Avenue was closed this motorcycle headed toward Route 14.
On my hunt for politicians, I found this colorful entry among the commercial floats.
Where parade entries were stacked had been significantly changed.
As I walked about Crystal Lake City Hall, I found the City Council float. I was directed to the east side of th garage to find the political entires.
First to be spotted was appointed Judge Robert Wilbrandt, now seeking election to a six-year term.
Behind Wilbrandt’s entry was that of the McHenry County Republican Party.
Proving old dogs can be taught new tricks is the inflated elephant on the back of the GOP truck.
McHenry County Recorder of Deeds Joe Tirio was wearing his “I won’t hire my wife” tee shirt.
Behind the Republican entry was that of McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks.
I was told that Jack was in the parade, but I didn’t see him in the staging area or on the parade route.
He must have been on the west side of Dole Avenue where my view of him was blocked.
Next, I found McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally.
He brought a bagpiper.
I told him that his fellow bagpipers in the Dundee Scotts were on the other side of City Hall behind Walter Alarm’s warehouse.
With four minutes until the 1 AM parade kick-off, a family was hurrying west on Woodstock Street.
City Attorney John Cowlin and his wife stopped in a shady spot on Woodstock Street with a view of the parade start.
I got Parade Marshall Mike Tryon to take off the big hat that last year’s Marshall, Mike Split, had given him.
Banners with the names of sponsors of this year’s parade came right after a police car.
The Color Guard stimulated folks to stand, take off their hats and put their right hands on their hearts.
Floats of local Veterans groups followed. People shouted, “Thank you for your service.”
This World War II Veteran fought in the Pacific part of the war.
The local VFW sign said it all.
Lions carried their huge American Flag.
Former State Rep. Mike Tryon wore the big Uncle Sam hat.
A Crystal Lake Public Works truck carried a sign wishing those on the curbs a “Happy Independence Day.”
Crystal Lake City Council members followed the sign.
Crystal Lake promoted its Three Oaks Recreation Area with a float.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Department had a female driving waving at the crowd.
Immediately behind was a Sergeant from the McHenry County Conservation District Police force on a motorcycle.
Republicans came next.
Missing was registered participant State Rep. Allen Skillicorn, who represents the southern portion of Crystal Lake.
He was in Springfield instead not taking travel and living expenses.
With state legislators gathered at the State Capitol waiting to vote on raising income taxes back to
the 5% level, minus .05%, the truck carrying the GOP’s parade elephant had the following on its grill:
“It’s about the taxes!”
The elephant remain inflated on the truck.
Various Republicans walked along its side and behind it.
The Republican County Board members were passing out goodies to the kids.
McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally had his own entry.
Kenneally was greeting voters.
Next came Jack Franks’ contingent.
His folks were passing out frozen tubes of sugar water.
Franks must have been on the other side of the street because I didn’t catch sight of him, but did find him in one of my photos.
McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller rode in a convertible.
Following her was McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan.
McClellan chose to tell people about her current office, rather than promoting her candidacy for Circuit Court Judge.
McHenry County Libertarians separated McClellan from judicial opponent Robert Wilbrandt.
Besides politicians and elected officials, there were governmental entities.
Some of them and other political entries tomorrow.