Marengo Settlers Days Parade is the best parade in McHenry County.
It has more bands than any other parade, some of which have NONE.
That’s because of the band contest after the parade at Marengo High School.
But the bands are not what this article is about.
McHenry County has two judgeships up for election and, if retiring Judge Michael Caldwell retires early enough, there could be three (otherwise a long tradition in McHenry County will continue with the current judges appointing a replacement for Caldwell who will have to run for elect in 2020).
The first is a countywide race.
There are four candidates, three of which were in the parade:
- Mary McClellan
- Robert Wilbrandt
- Demetri Tsilimigras
- Ray Flavin
All but Flavin were in the Marengo parade.
There is a second race for what is the western part of McHenry County.
There are two candidates:
- Joel Berg
- Tiffany Davis
Now that you know the line-ups, let’s look at their parade entries in the order they appeared.
First was McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan, who can be seen riding in a convertible.
Second was Associate Judge Joel Berg. He is walking in front with the orange cap.
Third up was Tiffany Davis. She can be seen walking toward the south side of Route 23 behind the banner, which was blowing in the wind.
Bob Wilbrandt was the next judicial candidate. He can be seen waving behind his banner.
Demetri Tsilimigras rode with his wife in a convertible behind his banner.
Everyone knows the most important part of local parades.