If there is one thing you need to know about Chambanamoms, it’s that WE LOVE PARADES!
We especially love the Champaign County Freedom Festival Parade. We’re marching in the parade this year- and we want you to join us!
While we don’t know the exact parade staging details just yet, families that would like to walk with Chambanamoms should plan on meeting us around 10 a.m. in the E-14 lot just west of the State Farm Center. We will provide water and flags. We welcome homemade signs, and will also have some with us. Chambanamoms t-shirts in a very limited quantity will be passed out – first come, first served.
We welcome kids on bikes or scooters, pulled in wagons, as well as kids in strollers. (According to parade guidelines, children under 13 are not allowed to walk or roller blade on the parade route).
We can’t wait to walk with you in the parade!
Need some inspiration for signs and parade decorations? Incorporate your little ones in your Fourth of July fun this year, help them decorate their bike! From neighborhood bike decorating contests, to marching in community parades, it’s always fun to add some red, white, and blue to your ride.
Strollers, bikes, scooters and bike helmets- nothing is out of bounds when it comes to making your wheels look festive.
The Decoration Stash
Pretty much anything red, white, and blue works for bike decorations. We hit up our decoration stash from years past. Balloons, flag themed items, streamers, even card stock all work for decorating for the Fourth. Chances are you already have some of these things around the house. If not, our local dollar and craft stores have plenty of Fourth of July supplies on hand.
The Bike Helmet
Our kids love making crazy hats, and wearing crazy hats to parades. They swear it garners more candy. While we’re not sure that’s true, giving your bike helmet a little pizzazz is super easy when you attach some card stock cut into little strips topped with stars. Our kids had a blast making their “fireworks Mohawk helmet.” They can also make a crazy hat if you fit a piece of paper fashioned into a band around their head. Let your kids cut out stars, use glitter glue for firework embellishments (just be sure that it is dried before they put on their hat!) and of course, our favorite logo was incorporated in our hat.
The Stroller, Bike, and Wagon:
Set your stash of Fourth of July decorations into a big pile and let the kids go crazy! Just remember safety first- make sure little rides aren’t troubled by decorations, and that little hands can’t pull down and munch on streamers.
Happy decorating and Happy Fourth of July! We’ll see you at the parade!