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
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Downtown Farmer City, Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
One of the largest Christmas parades in central Illinois with marching bands, holiday floats, Shriners, antique cars and tractors, and much more! This year's theme is "The Polar Express on Parade".
Saturday, November 28, 2020
, Time: All Day
The Champaign Center Partnership is excited to announce that the 20th Annual Parade of Lights is going to be a virtual shoebox parade! Businesses and organizations are going to craft lighted floats on shoeboxes that they will record and publish online for people to watch at home.
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Village of Milford, Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Miflord is thrilled that the Village Board approved their request to hold their fifth annual parade! Plan to be a part of this exciting evening as they kick off the 2020 Christmas season.