Along with marching bands, floats and civic organizations, elected officials and those who aspire to be public servants flock to participate on Fourth of July parades throughout the area.
Deerfield’s parade was no exception. Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) walked with a large group of supporters a number of spaces behind his challenger for the 10th District Seat, Brad Schneider of Deerfield.
Dold needed a spot toward the end of Deerfield’s noontime event because he was coming from Glenview, which started its parade at 11:30 a.m., before heading to Northbrook, as did Schneider, at 2 p.m.
In addition to Deerfield and Northbrook, Schneider and Dold crossed paths in Vernon Hills. Dold also walked in Lake Bluff and Des Plaines while Schneider paraded in Highland Park and Glencoe.
Glenview’s parade had two members of Congress. In addition to Dold, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) greeted the crowd with a group of supporters. She also took part in the events in Arlington Heights, Skokie and Evanston.
In Deerfield, state Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest) and state Rep. Karen May (D-Highland Park) participated in their last Fourth of July parade as members of the General Assembly. They both retire in January.
Contenders for both their seats walked the route shaking hands with voters. West Deerfield Township Supervisor Julie Morrison, a Democrat, and Highland Park pediatrician Arie Friedman, a Republican, hope to win Garrett’s seat. Hopefuls for May’s position are Democrat Scott Drury of Highwood and Republican Mark Shaw of Lake Forest.