The annual Pumpkin Jamboree Parade along Archer Avenue stepped off at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 29.
Sunny and seasonably a bit cool. Temperatures in the low 50s. Not bad weather for an October parade.
Hundreds of boys and girls in costume lined the parade route---along with moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts and uncles.
Thanks once again to the parade's sponsor, the Midway Chamber of Commerce (formerly the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce). This is the third year in a row that the Chamber has organized the event. It clearly shows that independent business owners on the Southwest Side care about the community.
At the end of the parade, at Kennedy High School, the Chamber and others hosted a celebration that included free treats, entertainment and more.
A tip of our cap, as well, to those police officers who, seeing candy that was thrown from parade units but which landed
too close to the parade to be picked up safely by kids at the curbs--picked up the candy themselves and handed it to boys and girls at the curbs.
Elected officials, as well as those campaigning to be elected, were also present. (This is Chicago, right?)
Here, in no particular order, are a few photos of the parade units, as well as the real stars of the show: the children themselves! (Along with moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, and even a couple of dogs and mascots.) Shot almost entirely by independent reporter/photographer Kelly White, but also by a few others, including Kim Hernandez and Steve Neuhaus.