Sandburg High School's great Cheerleading Team, strutted their stuff as they worked their way thru the rout of the Annual Orland Days Parade on 6/1/14. | John Booz/ for the SunTimes Media
Updated: July 3, 2014 6:29AM
To anyone who knows the O’Brien Family, it was no surprise they were seated on the northwest corner of West Avenue and 151st Street Sunday. For the last eight years, they have been on that exact corner watching the Orland Days Parade.
“This is probably one of the best things in Orland Park is Orland Days,” said Mike O’Brien.
The father of triplets, he said his family has been coming since Katie, Tommy, and Michael were born eight years ago. Although they now live in Frankfort, he was filled with pride when he said they are from Orland, his wife, Maureen, went to school there, and their parents still live there.
“Every year, you can find us on this corner,” O’Brien said.
The MacIssacs are another Orland Park family that attends the parade every year. Zander MacIsaac, 6, yelled “candy!” when asked what he loves the most about the parade. Older brother, Jackson, 10, said it was the bands and the music he loved the best. Little sister, Keaghan, 5, had no problem chiming in with agreement with her older brothers about how fun the parade is.
The bands and the music were a big hit among many parade watchers. Natalie Pawlikowski, 15, said the marching bands were the most impressive to her.
“I love the bands, that’s my favorite,” said Mary Hacek, who watches the parade from her front lawn. “I love the baseball teams, and the scouts the little kids all dressed up in their little suits.”
Hacek joined a neighbor on her driveway and watched from metal folding chairs.
“We had a birds eye view, and a nice cool breeze,” said the neighbor Nita Mailloux said. “What more could you ask for?”
The parade, itself, was short by many local standards. Starting at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, the last entry passed the corner of West Avenue and 151st Street by 1:30 p.m. Fifteen minutes later, barricades were removed and traffic flowed like normal.
Though short, it was definitely the place to get the goods. Lisa Thomas Salon, for example, tossed out sunglasses, styled right out of Risky Business. Kids raked in the candy, beads and more. Advocate Children’s Hospital gave zebra striped wrist bands, with pictures with beavers, lions and frogs on them.
Like most parades, many families watched the parade along the entire route. LIke the O’Briens, many said we’ll see them at the parade again next year.