Round Lake Heights 2014 Parade and Festival

One of the few parades that stays within the neighborhoods.

Jessa McFarlin Miss Prairie State
Jessa McFarlin, Miss Prairie State

There was a lot going on Saturday, September 6th, including the annual Round Lake Heights neighborhood parade and festival held on the village hall grounds. Parade participants began lining up around 10:00 AM and paraded east on Black Cherry before turning south on Lotus towards the festival grounds. It was a perfect day for a parade and festival with the temperatures in the mid-seventies and no rain in sight. Once again, Police Chief John Roehlk made sure that the parade was still a part of the festivities, having taken upon himself the duties a few years ago when others wanted to eliminate it. As you can see in the videos below everyone was enjoying it as well as the festivities going on at the festival grounds.

The first video includes the staging area before the parade actually started as well as the festival grounds before many residents arrived. Fireworks also lit up the sky later in the evening and could be seen from far away. The second video is the parade itself. I had to remove portions of the last video before uploading it due to being blurry because I was laughing so hard when I was shooting it that it made the camera jump up and down in my hand. It’s Lake County Board member Tom Weber inside one of those big plastic WOW Balls. Even Jessa McFarlin, Miss Prairie State’s Outstanding Teen 2014, couldn’t resist the challenge of trying to stand up in one of them.

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