La Grange looks forward to Pet Parade
Updated: July 3, 2012 11:14AM
The 66th annual La Grange Pet Parade on June 2 features the Medinah Black Horse Troop, the Jesse White Tumblers, marching bands, drill teams and plenty of pooches and kitties and their proud owners.
Marchers step off at 9:30 a.m. from Cossitt Avenue and head north on La Grange Road, west on Burlington Avenue and then south on Brainard Avenue to Lyons Township High School at Cossitt.
TV anchor Rob Johnson from CBS Channel 2 will serve as grand marshal. Johnson, a Hinsdale resident, serves as an honorary board member of the H Foundation, a La Grange-based nonprofit group funding cutting-edge cancer research.
In honor of the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary in 2012, members of the Wildflower Service Unit, who live in La Grange, LaGrange Park and Brookfield, and the Prairie Flower Service Unit, who live in Brookfield, will march in the parade.
Entry forms for children or families to march with their pets and enter various contests are due June 1 and are available online at www.lgpetparade.org.
To kick off the parade as the gateway to summer festivities in La Grange, the LaGrange Business Association will unveil the Hour Town outdoor art exhibit May 31, featuring more than 60 grandfather clocks decorated by area artists and community groups.
The clocks will remain bolted to village sidewalks in the central and west business districts throughout the summer and will be auctioned in September to benefit local nonprofit groups and the Pets and Pals Charity, which raises about $50,000 to sponsor the pet parade.
The business association also is sponsoring the Ahhh! La Grange Carnival June 1-3 along Harris Street between La Grange Road and Ashland Avenue. Rides, refreshments and carnival games will be offered from 5 to 10 p.m. June 1, noon to 10 p.m. June 2 and noon to 7 p.m. June 3.
In addition, local music and dance groups will be showcased during the carnival.