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 email@example.com.
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
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Downtown Mahomet, Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Show your spirit for the Mahomet-Seymour Bulldogs or just come out to enjoy a good, old-fashioned parade! The homecoming parade departs from the high school parking lot at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25 and proceeds through downtown. The parade will start at the high school and travel down State St. to…read more…
Friday, September 27, 2019
Tuscola Ervin Park, Time: 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
TCHS Homecoming Parade begins at 2:45 PM. The Parade Route will begin at Ervin Park, turning south on Main St and will turn left at Daggy St. It will continue to Prairie St where it will turn left and proceed to the south side of the High School and will turn left…read more…
Downtown St. Joseph, Time: 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
St. Joseph-Ogden is having its homecoming parade on Sept. 27 at 4:15 p.m. on Main Street in St. Joseph. Come on out for some fun! The Spartans will host Pontiac, kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Downtown Champaign, Time: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The tenth annual event in Champaign includes great free, family-friendly happenings on Saturday, including the parade at 3pm, performances and entertainment from 1-7pm and free entry to the Orpheum from 1-5pm for all families.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
, Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Root on the Bunnies in this homecoming parade for the Fisher Bunnies. Complete with kids throwing candy, a marching band, and lots of community and hometown spirit. Starts at 6:30 pm and goes through downtown Fisher. Wear orange!
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Friday, October 18, 2019
University of Illinois quad (behind the Union), Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Parade runs from 6-7 p.m., along Armory, Wright, Green and Matthews Avenue through Campustown. Parade ends at the Quad. Bring a bag for candy! Features performances by the Marching Illini, cheerleaders and dance teams; many University of Illinois student groups, the Homecoming court, and much more.
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Mayfair Park, Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join us for the 5th Annual Mayfair Park Halloween Parade! Dress up and enjoy a perfectly spooktacular parade around the park for this small neighborhood parade! We’ll also have games, treats, and a frighteningly good time for ghosts and goblins of all ages.
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Clark Park, Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
They will parade around the park at 3:00 pm followed by snacks and games in the park. Please bring a snack to share. Please note this is a small neighborhood parade.
Monday, November 11, 2019
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Downtown Champaign, Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The holiday season begins on Saturday, November 30 in the heart of Downtown Champaign as Santa rides his sleigh up Neil Street at the Champaign Center Parade of Lights, presented by Christie Clinic! In its 19th year, this beloved community event features lighted floats, marching bands, and Santa Claus himself.…read more…