State Rep. Theresa Mah shares legislative updates at the civic association meeting on Wednesday, May 4.

Memorial Day Parade Is On as Planners Call for More Marchers

Published May 7, 2022

Permits are approved, partners are in place and the McKinley Park Memorial Day Parade will step off the morning of Monday, May 30, 2022, the McKinley Park Civic Association announced at its meeting on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

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“We need more participants,” said association President Agnes Bednarkiewicz. She and other board members outlined some groups already signed on, but noted there’s room for more, especially musical ensembles that would like to march or ride a float.

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Participating seniors also still need transportation, Bednarkiewicz said, as the trolley company that previously provided this service shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Annual Tradition

The parade is an annual tradition helmed by the civic association in partnership with the William McKinley American Legion Post 231, sited at 1956 W. 35th St., Chicago.

The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day at the McKinley Park branch of the Chicago public library, 1915 W. 35th St., Chicago, and rolls down 35th Street, through the neighborhood and back up Damen Avenue to end at the post for a ceremony and refreshments.

The full route is posted on the event listing for the Memorial Day parade. For safety reasons, bicycles, skateboards, roller blades and pets are not allowed in the parade.

Single-Ward Letter

Groups that wish to march have through Wednesday, May 25, to apply by filling out an application form and returning it to association Secretary Chris Bania at 3700 S. Wolcott Ave., Chicago. There is no charge to march in the parade.

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At its meeting,  which took place in the McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library, the civic association also unanimously adopted a letter to advocate that McKinley Park remain entirely within a single ward through the current redistricting process.

The meeting also featured legislative updates from Illinois 2nd District State Represenative Theresa Mah and information on local resources and tax appeal information from the office of Cook County 7th District Commissioner Alma Anaya.

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