ALGONQUIN – Algonquin will celebrate the “Wild Wild West” at its 53rd annual Founders’ Days Parade on July 27.
The 11 a.m. kickoff will begin at the corner of Algonquin and Eastgate roads, then continue west on Route 62, turning south on Main Street (Route 31), then ending around Railroad Street before Huntington.
The parade route will be the same as in past years despite Huntington Road being closed.
At the end of the parade, floats can continue south on Route 31, turn left on La Fox Street or turn right on Edgewood Drive.
Alan Kirk and his son Aaron, longtime co-chairmen of the parade, report a large number of applicants for entry this year.
“We have more bands and entertainment acts than we have had in a long time; it is very exciting. But we still have room for more Wild Wild West-themed entries, such as horses, wagons and cowboys,” Aaron Kirk said in a news release.
Those interested in participating, becoming a sponsor or volunteering to help with the parade should contact Alan and Aaron Kirk at 847-815-4895 for an application. Or they can visit the festival website at www.algonquinfoundersdays.com and click on the Registration Materials tab.
The festival itself will kick off July 25 and end July 28 with a fireworks show at Riverfront Park.
For information and the schedule, visit www.algonquinfoundersdays.com.