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4th of July Parade to celebrate Carol Stream’s patriotic spirit

Published: Saturday, June 29, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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The Glenbard North High School marching band participates in the 2012 annual Independence Day Parade in Carol Stream.

CAROL STREAM – Carol Stream residents will have an opportunity to show their patriotism at the 27th annual Independence Day Parade.

Stilt walkers, jugglers, bands, fire twirlers and tumblers will be present to celebrate the country’s history.

This year’s theme is “Hats off to America.” The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of Lies Road and County Farm Road and end at the Ross Ferraro Town Center.

Parade Committee Chair Rick Gieser and his wife, Kim, have been chairs on the committee for more than 10 years.

“The Carol Stream [Fourth of July] Parade is a chance for the community to come together and show their spirit and patriotism,” Kim said. “Residents look forward to the parade all year long.”

To celebrate the holiday, the Jesse White Tumblers, the Glenbard North High School marching band, the fire twirling Barefoot Hawaiians, the St. Andrew’s Society of Central Illinois Pipes and Drums, Captain Jack Sparrow, the Ghostbusters Chicago Division, the Lowdown Brass Band and the Shriner Cruzin’ Coolers will perform in the parade.

“The parade is the biggest event of the year in the village that brings everyone together to celebrate the birth of the nation and share in how great Carol Stream is,” Rick Gieser said. “Hats off to America and to Carol Stream.”

To volunteer to assist with executing the parade, email

For information about the parade or performances, contact Rick Gieser at 630-346-1064.

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