Make sure you’re planning on being in downtown DeKalb this Friday evening, July 26th, 2013 for the Kishwaukee Fest Parade. This has become a premier don’t-miss event in downtown DeKalb with everything from Beauty Queens to an awesome Street Dance.
The evening starts off at 5pm with Miss Illinois and other Queens will be downtown meeting the public in various local businesses. At 6pm the Lincoln Highway Pre Parade Cruise Night begins. All the old vehicles are in town for Sunday’s Turning Back Time Car Show and they are starting their weekend off in DeKalb. Watch the old and unique cars cruise through town before the parade.
The Lincoln Highway Parade kicks off at 7pm. Kishwaukee Fest This Parade is titled as the “Parade of Queens”, and features more Pageant Queen winners than any parade in Illinois. The Pageant Queen winners include: Miss Illinois, Miss Chicago, Miss Windy City, Miss Northern Chicago Suburbs, Miss Black Chicago, Miss Fox Valley and several Queens from the Miss Illinois Teen.
The theme of this year’s Kishwaukee Fest Lincoln Highway parade is “Salute to Military Women”. The Kishwaukee Festival Staff has selected Army Sgt. Candance Mallin to be the Parade Marshal for 2013. Candance Mallin join the military in 2007. She was deployed to Afghanistan for ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ from November of 2008 to August of 2009. Sgt. Mallin unit participated in a supporting role at the NATO Summit in Chicago in May of 2012. Candace is an alumni of Northern Illinois University, receiving her degree in Pre-Physical Therapy in May of 2013. Candace (25) is the oldest daughter of Andrew Mallin (Skokie, IL) and Elizabeth Mallin-Oparyk (Sycamore, IL) and has 3 younger siblings (Henry, Natalie & Robert Mallin all of Sycamore). Candace is also an alumni of Northern Illinois University, receiving her degree in Pre-Physical Therapy in May of 2013.
Stay for the 2nd Annual Lincoln Highway Street Dance which will start about 8:30pm directly after the parade. O’Leary’s will be hosting Stroker Red who will come straight from the parade and play on their float on the side of O’Leary’s Restaurant and Pub near the intersection of Rt. 38 and S. 3rd St.. Don’t be surprised if there aren’t more bands playing around downtown after the parade as well. It’s a great ending to a fun family event in downtown DeKalb. Visit Kishwaukee Fest’s website for full schedule of events.
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