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 beginning at Labor Day through mid-November, when Christmas parades start. We will do another article about winter-holiday parades later this year; stay tuned.
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 (hey, we have a HALLOWEEN parade now, woo hoo!)
No matter how you look at it, there are plenty of parades to satisfy our 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 holiday parades. As always, our calendar has more info, and we will keep adding to this list. Want to add your parade to our calendar? Submit it to our event calendar now.
Our favorite fall parade picks near Champaign-Urbana
1. Champaign County Labor Day Parade AKA “The Candy Parade”
TIME OF YEAR: Annually on Labor Day
WHERE: Beginning at Lincoln Square Mall and ending at Prairie Park in Urbana
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Candy, need we say more? At least that’s all your kids need to hear to be interested in going. This is a great countywide celebration of our neighbors in Labor and that is all the reason to come out to the parade. There’s usually a picnic at Prairie Park at the conclusion with free food and games courtesy of event organizers. All are welcome. You can get more info on the Illinois AFL-CIO website.
2. Arcola Broomcorn Festival Parade
TIME OF YEAR: September (typically the weekend following Labor Day weekend), on Saturday in the afternoon
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.
3. The Champaign-Urbana Pride Festival Parade
TIME OF YEAR: September; this year, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Urbana
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. This year’s theme is “What the health? Thriving, surviving, thriving.”
4. The University of Illinois Homecoming Parade
TIME OF YEAR: This year, held on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. (before a football game)
WHERE: Campustown; goes from Champaign into Urbana.
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Get into the spirit by wearing orange and blue. We love seeing the Marching Illini!
All Champaign-Urbana area parades this fall
Monday, September 6, 2021
Lincoln Square to Prairie Park, Urbana, Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Editor's Note: For updated info on the status of this parade, please see the Illinois AFL-CIO website, which is keeping track of Labor Day parades/happenings this year. The AFL-CIO of Champaign County is once again sponsoring the annual Labor Day Parade and Picnic this year, on Monday, September 6 2021. This…read more…
Saturday, September 11, 2021
The Village of Broadlands, Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 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.
Downtown Arcola, Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A HUGE parade, 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.…read more…
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Downtown Mahomet, Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 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 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25 and proceeds through downtown. In years' past, the parade started at the high school and traveled down State…read more…
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
, 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!
Friday, October 1, 2021
Downtown Monticello, Time: 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
The Monticello homecoming parade will go from the high school, down Buchanan street, around through downtown Monticello and the Courthouse square, and back to the high school. Wear purple and yellow if you go!
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Sunday, October 24, 2021
, Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Dust off your Halloween costume and join us for an afternoon of fun thanks to Christie Clinic. We will be celebrating fall with an outdoor Halloween costume parade at Meadowbrook Park on October 24 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. For more information about Meadowbrook Park, check out our handy parents' guide here.…read more…
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Marketplace Mall, Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Editors Note: This event was canceled; see notice on Champaign Park District Facebook page Wednesday, October 27 (rain date Thursday, October 28) Market Place Mall Parade Start: 5:30p | Trunk or Treat: 6-8p A Partnership with Champaign Park District, Urbana Park District and Market Place Mall brings you the Halloween…read more…
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