Sitting in the shade watching the Lake in the Hills Labor Day Weekend Parade, I was, as usual, looking for political tea leaves.
The first was a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for Congress–Jim Walz.
Walz was the party nominee last year and seeks a re-match with Republican Randy Hultgren.
There are a whole passel of opponents for the Democratic Party nomination, none of whom have found McHenry County Blog.
Walz was courting a couple with a baby and dog.
The husband told him he was more a Republican, but he and his wife talked with Walz at least fifteen minutes.
“Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, I’ve found we’re more alike than we are different,” he said, then, continuing west on the parade route. (Walz did not have an entry in the parade.)
Excite among the kids began to build as they heard the sirens from out-of-sight fire engines.
An older Veteran was the first to pass by a bit ahead of the color guard.
He was passing out small American Flags to children.
This event is definitely for the whole family.
This was the first candy tosser in the Lake in the Hills Parade.Kids were prepared to gather candy for their plastic bags.
The Lake in the Hills American Legion had a flag-filled entry.
Folks sometimes forget that some Lake in the Hills teens attend Crystal Lake South High School.
This past school year, Crystal Lake South’s baseball team was outstanding.
Behind the banner was a truck, presumably carrying baseball team members.
The entry seems special, so I took another shot.
The next entry that caught my attention was that of the Village officials.
I ran around the truck to get those on the other side.
Two McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputies came riding down the street on motorcycles.
Next came lots of fire engines.
Springbrook Church had mainly teens in superhero costumes.
They were a crowd pleaser.
There were lots of youth groups.
The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Library District had a fascinating entry.
But then things got really exciting for the children along the route.
Library volunteers were handing out free books, which one nearby mother immediately read to her child.
With the name, “Cal’s Angels,” how could I miss taking a picture?
Next came an overtly political entry.
It was for Democratic Party gubernatorial hopeful Daniel Biss.
LITH Parade 2017 Bill banner
Carrying a banner was a man who manned a Biss booth at the McHenry County Fair.
There was a boxing ring on the back of a truck.
Two girls were going at it with their instructor. (Sorry, but I didn’t get the name of the martial arts school.)
The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry was represented in the parade.
The Living Waters Lutheran Church had enthusiastic singers, but the volume could have been higher.
Next, there was something I have not seen before.
A snow plow truck with the message, “Parade Special, $17,500.” Unfortunately, the name of the seller was not on the blade with the message.
Huntley Community Radio was getting the message of its existence out.
And, then, the parade was over.
Just as in the McHenry parade, the Republican Party had no presence.
No County Board members from District 5.
No Donna Kurtz Mobile from District 2.
No nothing for the GOP.
And, come to think of it, this Labor Day Parade had no unions represented.