LANSING, Ill. (May the 4th, 2019) – Already at 8:00am, patches of blue sky and sunshine were breaking through the week’s clouds, and the day was promising perfect weather for the 2019 Good Neighbor Day Parade.
In the back parking lot of the Walgreens on Wentworth, five members of the Lansing Area Chamber Board were pulling numbered yellow stakes out of the bed of a pick-up truck. This is how parade day begins in Lansing.
Because there were five people helping this year, and the ground was soft from all the rain, and there were fewer than 100 entries, the job didn’t take long. The final stake was pounded in around 8:45am:
Lansing Police begin closing Wentworth Avenue between 178th and Ridge Road, so it can be used as the staging area for the parade.
Parade entries were all assigned a number during registration. Those numbers correspond with the numbers on the wooden stakes. So all the parade participants begin gathering at their assigned stakes.
Visible Music College provided some parade entertainment:
The Illiana Derby Dames got into the theme:
And Homewood Disposal decorated a garbage truck with Yoda ears and a light saber and blasted Star Wars music:
While the paraders were picnicking in the park, the Chamber Board was back on Wentworth, picking up the stakes and bundling them in order, ready for next year’s use.
By 4:00pm, most parade watchers had already folded up their chairs and returned home, and most parade participants were leaving Lan-Oak Park.
The 52nd annual Good Neighbor Day Parade had come to a close.
To view more comprehensive albums of the parade entries, visit the following links: