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Founders' Days parade draws large crowds

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  • The "Mickey Molar" balloon floats down Algonquin Road during the Founders' Days parade in Algonquin on Saturday. "Mickey Molar" was part of the parade entry for Dr. Tim Stirneman's All Smiles Dental office in Algonquin.

       The "Mickey Molar" balloon floats down Algonquin Road during the Founders' Days parade in Algonquin on Saturday. "Mickey Molar" was part of the parade entry for Dr. Tim Stirneman's All Smiles Dental office in Algonquin.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Ethan Fiedler, 7, of Algonquin displays his winning entry in the Founders' Days Bike Decorating Contest during the festival's parade in Algonquin on Saturday. Ethan, who just purchased this new bike, rides with his father, Ray, right.

       Ethan Fiedler, 7, of Algonquin displays his winning entry in the Founders' Days Bike Decorating Contest during the festival's parade in Algonquin on Saturday. Ethan, who just purchased this new bike, rides with his father, Ray, right.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Army Sgt. Jermain McKenney of Carpentersville and the Carpentersville U.S. Army Recruiting Center walks with members of the Algonquin Lions Club in the Founders' Days parade in Algonquin on Saturday.

       Army Sgt. Jermain McKenney of Carpentersville and the Carpentersville U.S. Army Recruiting Center walks with members of the Algonquin Lions Club in the Founders' Days parade in Algonquin on Saturday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Karli Helmer, 4, of Janesville, Wisconsin, fills her bag with candy with help from her grandmother, Judy Atkinson of Belvidere, at the Founders' Days parade in Algonquin on Saturday. Atkinson, a former Carpentersville resident, brought her grandchildren to the parade.

       Karli Helmer, 4, of Janesville, Wisconsin, fills her bag with candy with help from her grandmother, Judy Atkinson of Belvidere, at the Founders' Days parade in Algonquin on Saturday. Atkinson, a former Carpentersville resident, brought her grandchildren to the parade.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Founders' Days parade Grand Marshal Pamela Perrott of Algonquin waves to the crowd on Saturday.

       Founders' Days parade Grand Marshal Pamela Perrott of Algonquin waves to the crowd on Saturday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Several emergency vehicles joined in on the Founders' Days parade in Algonquin on Saturday.

       Several emergency vehicles joined in on the Founders' Days parade in Algonquin on Saturday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
 

Algonquin's Founders' Days parade drew large crowds of families and children -- with candy-collecting bags in hand -- along routes 62 and 31 on Saturday morning.

Eighty entries marched in the annual parade, including groups such as the Lions Club and Boys Scouts, as well as local businesses and politicians.

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Ethan Fiedler, 7, of Algonquin, who won the bike decorating contest, pedaled along, showing off his bike, decorated in '80s day-glow colors and with a hand-drawn boombox on the front.

The parade's grand marshal, Pamela Perrott of Algonquin, said she has been heavily involved in the community since moving to the town 30 years ago. She currently is the president of the Algonquin Lioness Club, where she's been a member for the past 17 years. She also volunteers at Founders' Days every year.

"I'm really excited. It's a big honor," she said, of being chosen to lead the parade this year.

Algonquin neighbors Rita Conklin and Dennis Lederer, who live near the parade route, joined about 60 other neighbors to watch. Conklin said she has attended for 26 years and enjoys the "whole town getting together and having a great time."

"It's a great parade; it's one of the best parades I've ever seen," added Lederer, a parade goer for the past 31 years. "It's a great tradition they have here; it really is."

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