This year’s theme: For the Health of It
West Chicago’s Railroad Days Parade has become a favorite activity for residents and visitors looking for great family fun. The parade steps off at 1 p.m. Sunday July 12, 2015 and features over 60 separate units and organizations including military veterans and police color guards, bands, horse troupes, youth athletics, West Chicago Park District program participants, special floats and custom and antique cars. The Medinah Shrine Clubs will, of course, be there showing off their unique parade vehicles and driving skills.
The 2015 parade theme is For the Health of It and Mayor Ruben Pineda will lead the Grand Marshal. The chosen theme is a nod to the Healthy West Chicago initiative which was launched in May during the City’s annual Blooming Fest. Its goal is to help the community make the healthy choice the easy choice.
The initiative resulted in the recently published Healthy West Chicago Community Action Plan (find document below), which addresses a number of community health and wellness topics. The plan will be used as a guide to improve polices that affect the health and well-being of West Chicago residents, including environmental quality, food systems, public safety, transportation, parks and recreation, urban design, and education about the importance of good nutrition and physical activity.
“Mayor Pineda truly put his heart and soul into this and brought everyone together to create a meaningful and sustainable organization committed to the improved health of those that live and work throughout the community,” said David Sabathne, President of the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce and parade manager, adding “he was the natural choice”.
While the parade theme celebrates health, Sabathne noted that attendees can still expect to have goodies handed out along the parade route. “Everything in moderation,” Sabathne said. “It is not what you do a couple times a year during community celebrations that is unhealthy, it is what we do each and every day to stay healthy and fit that will make a difference.”
The parade route starts at Ingalton and Elmwood heading south to Washington Street, then west to Arbor Avenue and Arbor Avenue north ending at National Street.