Photos by: Marcello Rodarte
July 4, 2013
The Fourth of July Parade is an annual tradition in Hinsdale, but the 2013 vintage was no ordinary festival.
Each year, an array of floats, fire trucks, bands process down Garfield until they reach First Street downtown, turning left and heading westward three blocks before hanging a second left at Grant and finishing at Robbins Park.
A fleet of fire trucks from several local villages led the 2013 parade, with dozens of riders perched across the overhead ladders. The trucks were so positioned to honor the 19 firefighters who perished while battling a massive wildfire in Yarnell, Ariz. on June 30.
After a brief pause, the parade continued with the highlight of the morning: Chicago Blackhawks head coach and Hinsdale resident Joel Quenneville hoisting the Stanley Cup atop the Hinsdale Fire Department’s Engine 1013. Hundreds of parade-goers pulled out their cameras and phones to snap pictures of the victorious coach as he waved to the energized crowd.
Political figures in the parade included Sen. Mark Kirk, Rep. Peter Roskam, State Rep. Patti Bellock, Hinsdale Village President Tom Cauley, Burr Ridge Mayor Mickey Straub and DuPage County Board Member Gary Grasso.
The Jesse White Tumblers entertained the crowd with their dazzling flips, while the Robert Crown Center’s volunteers roller-skated. The Hinsdale Central Marching Band was joined by bands from Leyden High School and Osceola High School (Wisconsin). Other participants included the Hinsdale Adventist Academy, the Medinah Car Club, the Hinsdale Humane Society and the Hinsdale Swim Club.