Oak Park 4th of July Parade

Great weather for a great parade. Photos taken by Russ.


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Comment by Don Hosek on July 5, 2011 at 2:39pm
When I was a kid in Stickney, they had the whole fire department in the annual little league parade. Agreed that there should have at least been a marching band from the high school (yes, it's summer, but they could get something together, you'd think).

Comment by Russ M on July 5, 2011 at 10:18am

I thought the OP parade was nice.  I really like the neighborly vibe of the spectators and reminds me that OP is a great place to live.  Yeah, the parade is probably kind of rinky dinky next to some larger towns, but I think it serves its purpose of bringing the community together.  If the parade were any longer, I don't think I could stay the whole time.  It is just the right size, imho.   I am surprised the school doesn't have a marching band participate though.  Personally, I don't need to see ten fire trucks.  I mean are the extra 9 trucks any different from the first truck?


My only complaint about the parade is that some parents need to put their little rug rats on a leash.  Way too many kids were running out in the middle of the street at risk of getting hit by a car. 

Comment by susan on July 5, 2011 at 9:06am

We do Hinsdale's parade each year. The Oak Park 4th of July parade is just a wast of time in my mind- the year we went there were no fire trucks or marching bands, just community groups. Hindsdale has 10 firetrucks, three marching bands, bagpipes, and lots of great stuff!


Comment by Suzen X Riley on July 4, 2011 at 2:45pm
I got there a bit late and so missed most of the parade. But why does River Forest put on a way better parade? The Memorial Day parade in River Forest was amazing this year.


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