Updated: June 4, 2013 6:17AM
Warm weather and sunshine have been ordered for Sunday’s 35th annual Loyalty Day Parade in New Lenox, but the parade will go on rain or shine.
“Everyone is excited. It’s the first parade in the area. It’s a good time to get out,” parade chairman Sharon Stratton said.
The route is the same: The parade starts at 2 p.m. from the Lions Den on South Cedar Road, proceeding north to Haven Avenue and west to Veterans Parkway, ending at the veterans memorial in the Commons.
The only change this year is the move of the viewing stand from Cedar Road and Haven Avenue to Wildwood Drive and Haven Avenue, Stratton said.
There will be more than 80 entrants, including many veterans groups, athletic teams, and the marching bands from all four Lincoln-Way high schools and the New Lenox junior high schools.
The event is sponsored by New Lenox Harry E. Anderson VFW Post 9545, which offers free hot dogs and beverages afterward at the post, 323 Old Hickory Road.
Loyalty Day was officially marked on the calendar in 1958 when Congress passed Public Law 529 to promote loyalty and love of country.
“It’s important that people come out for it,” Stratton said. “If the weather cooperates, it’s really fun.”
Susan DeMar Lafferty