Parades at festivals, parades on the Fourth of July, parades with candy, parades with bands — there is so much to love about Champaign-Urbana area parades during the summer
True confessions: WE LOVE PARADES.
We love parades so much, we decided to write an article about our favorite parades in Champaign-Urbana. We do this with the caveat that EVERY PARADE IS A GREAT PARADE.
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High parade season in Champaign-Urbana and surrounding communities typically takes place between June through September, and then a dip up until the Christmas parades start up again in November.
This article will focus on summer parades, in other words, parades between Memorial Day and Labor Day. We will do another article about fall parades and winter-holiday parades later this year.
Here’s a list of three of our favorites, listed in chronological order. Below that is a listing of all summer parades on our calendar (and we keep adding more, so check in again.)
Some of these details are still pending a number of variables related to COVID-19 so it’s worth checking back to make sure everything is “on” with your big parade plans.
Tolono Fun Days Parade
DATE: June 26, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Tolono (about 15 minutes south of Champaign, if you’re not familiar. Take Route 45 South.)
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Tolono Fun Days parade is the first of the Fourth of July parades. We love it because it always involves a lot of kids on floats, tons of fire trucks, and loads of candy. It’s authentic to its community, and that’s always the hallmark of a great parade.
Seymour 4th of July Parade
DATE: July 3, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Seymour (about 10 minutes south of Mahomet. Take I-72 west toward Monticello and get off at the Mahomet exit and head south, not north toward Mahomet.)
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: If you’re looking for a nostalgic small-town parade near Champaign-Urbana, this one is a winning option. Tons of tractors and fire engines in this parade, along with local marching bands and more.
Labor Day Parade (aka The Candy Parade) not yet confirmed for 2021
TIME OF YEAR: Labor Day. No really, this is actually ON Labor Day. Typically in the morning.
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: This is called the Candy Parade for a reason: because your child will get tons of candy. Typically this parade gets really hot weather, so much so that people enjoy the floats with the kid supersoakers.
All Area Parades Coming Up This Summer
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Downtown St. Joseph, Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
3 p.m - Community Festival Parade. Lineup at 2:00 p.m. Starts at Middle School, Ends at High School. ROUTE: Peters Dr. to Evergreen to Main St .to High School
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Downtown Mansfield, Time: 10:00 am - 11:59 pm
Carnival, kids games, tractor pull, car/motorcycle show and more! Free entertainment! Saturday highlight includes a parade at 10am and kids activities all afternoon.
Saturday, August 28, 2021
Downtown Mahomet, Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am
The Mahomet Music Festival Parade is one you don't want to miss! The parade kicks off at 9am, starting at Lincoln Trail School, heading south on Division, east on Union, north on Elm, and west on Franklin. FREE entertainment begin following the parade and the vendors and carnival open up,…read more…
Saturday, September 4, 2021
Monday, September 6, 2021
Lincoln Square to Prairie Park, Urbana, Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The information below is old from 2019. We have not yet confirmed if the Champaign County Labor Day Parade will be happening in 2021. Please check back later this summer to check on its status. The AFL-CIO of Champaign County is once again sponsoring the annual Labor Day Parade and…read more…
Friday, September 10, 2021
Saturday, September 11, 2021
The Village of Broadlands, Time: 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
The annual Homecoming Festival is BACK! Lots of fun events for all ages are planned including a parade, bags tournament, live music, kids games and inflatables.