Oak Lawn celebrates 4th of July with Parade

By Steve Neuhaus

95th Street lined with lawn chairs, blankets and loyal parade-goers along with hundreds of children holding empty plastic buckets and bags eagerly watching for the parade to begin in hopes to collect as much candy as they could.

This was the scene on Saturday morning.

Despite all the rain the Chicago area has had over the past few weeks, the sunny warm temperatures brought out the crowd this weekend.

The Oak Lawn July 4th Parade which kicked off at 10 am from 51st ave and proceeded westbound several blocks featured local business’s, marching bands, street entertainers and of course  local politicians joining in the annual tradition of waving to the crowd and passing out goodies to the children.

Here are photos and a video from the parade:

2015 July 4th Parade in Oak Lawn from Steve Neuhaus on Vimeo.

Parade attendee carries sign for the Baseball Card King, one of the best sports memorabilia shops in the Chicago land area

Parade attendee carries sign for the Baseball Card King, one of the best sports memorabilia shops in the Chicago land area

Man on stilts greets guests at parade

Man on stilts greets guests at parade

Veterans from Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220

Veterans from Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220

Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury (left) tosses candy to the crowd

Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury (left) tosses candy to the crowd

Members of the Oak Lawn Raiders Social Athletic Club carry the American Flag in the parade

Members of the Oak Lawn Raiders Social Athletic Club carry the American Flag in the parade

Harold Richards High School marching band

Harold Richards High School marching band

Congressman Dan Lipinski passing out candy on the parade route

Congressman Dan Lipinski passing out candy on the parade route

Children line 95th Street with bags in hand ready to scoop up the free candy tossed by parade marchers

Children line 95th Street with bags in hand ready to scoop up the free candy tossed by parade marchers

Chicago White Sox mascot Southpaw

Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk entertains the crowd

Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk entertains the crowd

A youngster sits back and takes in all the action

A youngster sits back and takes in all the action

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