CHICAGO (TOC) — The Fourth of July vacation weekend is in full swing! There are enjoyable occasions occurs throughout the Chicago space, just like the Waukegan parade Sunday.
The parade’s theme this yr was hometown heroes, as a method to honor first responders and frontline healthcare staff for his or her numerous sacrifices throughout the COVID pandemic.
It was additionally the primary time in two years Waukegan has thrown a full parade and residents had been thrilled to have it again.
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The parade was huge and rolled round 1 p.m. It featured over 100 totally different organizations, from the Waukegan Excessive College JROTC, to the mayor’s workplace.
Even the favored Jesse White Tumbling Staff made an look.
Waukegan residents and friends lined Sheridan Street because the floats rolled on by, serving as an indication that life appears to be returning to regular after the pandemic.
“It is terrific. It is actually why we had been excited to maneuver right here and become involved locally and dwelling proper right here on Sheridan Street, it is good it is lastly coming again. It is an enormous day for all the children,” mentioned parade-goer Ryan Remsing.
It is an annual custom he is grateful to take pleasure in as soon as once more.
“I believe the previous few years have been actually powerful for all the primary responders so far as docs, ambulance crews. With what occurred with COVID, it has been a tough few years and I do suppose we have to have a good time them and encourage them,” he added.
Sofia Delgado was along with her household on the parade. It is a second she is not taking with no consideration.
“It feels cool, it really feels form of loopy as a result of we had been in our home with the pandemic and every thing and it feels actually cool to be again out right here,” she mentioned.
“You see all of the individuals lined right here. That tells you every thing. They help our fireplace division, our police division our nurses. Look, vista is the grand marshal. It does not get higher than that,” mentioned Waukegan Mayor Ann Taylor.
Waukegan Police Chief Keith Zupec can be again to his regular parade duties of dispensing badges to future officers.
“I am not new to legislation enforcement, so to see the help the previous couple of years with the difficulties the nation has had with COVID and the pandemic, it is nice to see the help right here for us,” he mentioned.
It is a celebration of freedom, sacrifice and repair. A parade we are able to all march in.
As a result of pandemic, the Waukegan Park District held digital Fourth of July parades in 2020 and 2021. These digital parades reached over 18,000 individuals on Fb and YouTube. However nothing beats an in-person parade, particularly with this stunning climate.
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