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Evanston Parade - CANELLED
Monday, July 04, 2022
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I took a few photos as we were gathering to drive together to staging area. As you probably heard Evanston cancelled the Parade in response to the Highland Park mass shooting.

There might be a few other photos - including a group picture. If they come to me I will forward them.



 This year the Evanston Fourth of July Association celebrates its centennial with the return of the Evanston July 4th Parade after a two-year COVID hiatus, and WCMC will be there to join in the fun.

 The Evanston July 4th Parade has been called “one of the best small-town Parades in America.” Its history stretches back to 1921 when the North End Mother’s Club formed the North Evanston 4th of July Association “to provide a full day of safe, supervised, constructive activities for children.” The Evanston Fourth of July Association continues this tradition with a day of activities focused around the Parade. Thousands of people stake out their spot along the route days in advance; in fact, the City of Evanston has asked people not to set out chairs etc. prior to July 1.  (Seriously, is there any other community that does this?)  These enthusiastic spectators line the route year after year to cheer on Parade participants whatever the weather brings.

 WCMC participation in the Parade was started more than a decade ago by Anne and Jim Osburn. We have decorated our cars patriotically (please use red/white/blue bows, ribbons, etc.) and participated enthusiastically (flashing lights and honking horns). As a result, we have often won either first or second place in the Automotive Division and have been able to bring a plaque back to the Club.  Join us as we continue a very enjoyable tradition. We’d love to see a large contingent from WCMC to celebrate the centennial. So, whether or not you have driven the Parade before, join us this year.

 We will be gathering at noon on Monday the Fourth at the Dunkin’ Donut/Baskin Robbins, 4445 Golf Road, Skokie (just east of Grosse Pointe Road). At 12:30 we will make a short drive together to the staging area where we will decorate our Miatas red, white, and blue, and check out some of the other groups participating in the Parade. Official step-off is at 2:00 PM.

 A couple of notes:  The Evanston July 4th Parade is a well organized, well executed event with strict rules. Candy-tossing is not permitted. Also, you should expect to be driving the Parade route for about an hour. (Yes, it’s that big.) For planning purposes we need your RSVP by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 773-283-4336. Please let us know by July 2 if you will join us.

 We look forward to celebrating the 4th with you!

 Judy MacPherson Schumacher & John Schumacher

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