Our Favorite Fall Parades in Champaign-Urbana
Parades in the Champaign-Urbana area start around St. Patrick’s Day and go through December.
This article will focus on fall parades, in other words, parades after Labor Day through mid-November, when Christmas parades start. We will do another article about winter-holiday parades later this year; see our favorite summer parades listing, in case you want to prepare for next year.
Sure, summer is prime parade season, but with fall comes tons of HOMECOMING parades (including University of Illinois homecoming), festival parades, and more.
Maybe you’re like us and wish there were more parades in the Champaign-Urbana area. One we would love: a BIG HUGE Halloween parade (should we make that happen? let us know.)
But we won’t complain – there are plenty of parades to satisfy our parade appetite.
Here are our favorite fall parades, which will be followed by a list of all parades we know of after Labor Day and before winter holiday parades. As always, our calendar has more info, and we will keep adding to this list. What to add your parade to our calendar? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arcola Broomcorn Festival Parade
TIME OF YEAR: September (typically the weekend following Labor Day weekend)
WHERE: Arcola (about 45 minutes Southwest of Champaign-Urbana. Take I-57 South. If you get to Mattoon, you’ve gone too far.)
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Because this is truly a sight to see. It’s kind of hard to explain the famous Lawn Rangers, who march with old lawnmowers, unless you have seen it. This is a fairly lengthy parade, with lots of entries. Bring your bags! And don’t forget to stay for the festival.
The Champaign-Urbana Pride Festival Parade
TIME OF YEAR: September; this year, Sept. 28 at 3 pm
WHERE: Downtown Champaign
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Yes, everyone will be decked out in rainbow colors. But remember what this is all about: respecting others, celebrating love, and building a supportive community where all are welcome and more importantly – all are VALUED. And yes, it is family-friendly. This parade gets longer every year as more and more groups join in to show their support. It’s kind of a big party!
The University of Illinois Homecoming Parade
TIME OF YEAR: Varies each year, but typically in October; 2019 date is Friday, Oct. 18.
WHERE: Campustown – goes from Champaign into Urbana.
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: It’s typically a crisp fall evening for the Illini Homecoming parade. Get into the spirit by wearing Orange and Blue. College kids love seeing younger kids grab candy. We love seeing the Marching Illini!
All Champaign-Urbana Area Parades Coming Up This Fall
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Downtown Arcola, Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Head to downtown Arcola and see the parade featuring local talent and, of course, Old Saint Nick. Let Santa know what you’d like for Christmas after the parade. Sponsored by Arcola Chamber of Commerce, Arcola Fire Department, and Arcola Sunrise Rotary!