You may not like clowns, but you still love parades!!! Here's your chance to be a part of the festivities! And all you need is a fun and helpful attitude!
The Evanston 4th of July Parade Association needs your help in putting on the annual parade. How? We need volunteers (parade marshals) to walk with the parade down the parade route helping the parade participants with any questions, marking the sectors, and making sure everyone is safe.
It all starts on Thursday, June 27th at 6:30 PM. That is when you will attend a training session at Lakeside Auto Rebuilders located at the corner of Central and Lawndale in Evanston. You will receive information about your "uniform" (it's a vest and a hat) and your parking permit. The parking permit allows you to park in the Ryan Field parking lot at the end of the parade route. (You'll want to park here so that you don't have to walk the parade route BACK to your car! It'll be at the end already!)
No worries if you can't make that training. We go over everything the morning of the parade (July 4th) while we eat FREE BBQ from Hecky's!! (You can also get a parking permit that morning)
However, right before lunch, you will be assigned a sector of the parade. This is the group of entrants that you will be assisting in the parade.
After lunch, you will then begin assisting the parade participants in getting their entries positioned to enter the parade. You will give them their number and assist them in placing their number on their parade entry. Then you will accompany them down the parade route (Central St.) all the way to the end (Ryan Field). The parade starts at 2 PM. Once your sector has completed the parade, you are free to go! Or you can stay and watch the rest of the parade and then come down to the lakefront for the fireworks. But that's not all!
As a thank you for helping us out, you are invited to a complimentary celebration brunch at Hilton Garden Inn, Evanston on Sunday, August 25th at 11:30 AM!!
Not bad for a volunteer opportunity, huh? Let me tell you a little about myself.
I had been living in Evanston for about 2 years when I wanted to do some volunteer work. I came across this on the Evanston website. I was excited because I really do love parades! I started as a parade marshal and even when I moved back to Chicago, I kept coming back to help with the parade. Now, many years later, I am the volunteer coordinator, co-celebration manager, and a trustee of the Evanston 4th of July Parade Association! Oh, and this volunteer opportunity also led to my becoming a balloon handler in the Uncle Dan's Thanksgiving Parade for the last 7 years!! (So much fun!) I believe in volunteering and this has been one of the best volunteer opportunities that I have ever done! So please join us on the 4th!!