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Some of the colorful decoration from the 2009 PFLAG  entry in the Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade

 

 

I’ve been marching in the Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade almost every year for at least twenty years—usually with the McHenry County Democrats or the old McHenry County Peace Group.    This summer, an off election year, the Democrats are electing to take a pass on the parade season to concentrate on organizing for the 2012 elections. 

 

 

Which gives me a chance to join my many friends from PFLAG in their large, fun filled group.  Members of the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Woodstock will be on hand with our bright yellow Standing on the Side of Love signs.

 

 

Won’t you join us?

 

Below is full information from the great folks at PFLAG

 

Family and Friends!

The Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade  

this year is on 

SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2011 at 1:00 P.M.

 

COME JOIN THE FUN 

BEFORE and AFTER the PARADE.

 WALK THE 1.5 MILE ROUTE  

WITH PFLAG!

 

Come join our unit at the staging area behind the Senior Citizens Services/Harvest Chapel 

-- a long one-story building with bright blue awnings -- 

at the intersection of Woodstock Street & Dole Avenue in Crystal Lake

 

This year we’re unit #63 (BOSS LOT).  Parade committee volunteers will help you find us.   

 

Come carry one of our great signs or make tons of bubbles with our bubble wands to delight the kids!

 

It’s a good idea to get to staging well before 11:00 A.M. to find free parking places 

at the train station on Woodstock Street 

or on tree-lined residential streets within two or three blocks from the staging area.  

 

Consider bringing a folding chair 

for the complimentary PFLAG Pre-Parade Picnic at 12N.

And YES, there are lots of port-o-potties in the staging area!

 

It will take about two hours for the 100 units to pass between the waves of spectators along Dole Avenue

   The Chamber of Commerce again expects a crowd of 10,000.  

The parade ends three blocks beyond the Grandstand at the Lakeand we’ll drive you back to your car. 

 

This is a powerful, wonderful, joyful day

for walking together in solidarity and celebration 

with gay and non-gay families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues!

 

 

THE FUN CONTINUES AFTER THE PARADE.....  

Many of us will be gathering at the NEW Colonial Cafe* on  Rt. 14/Northwest Highway in Crystal Lake 

-- across the street and a block East of the Cafe’s former location --

to enjoy the after-glow in air-conditioned comfort wallowing in “kitchen sinks” full of ice cream.

 

PLEASE let us know if you’ll be joining us so we can count you for lunch! 

Jerry and Barbara            

815-943-5504   or  natvproj@owc.net

 

* We’ll give you “can’t-miss-it” directions when you arrive at the staging area. 

 

 

 

 

 

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