* The State Fair is about traditions, so breaking this one will cause a bit of a stink…
A decision to move the annual Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade Aug. 10 is being criticized by defenders of a decades-long tradition.
The parade for years has headed north up Ninth Street/Peoria Road. This year, it will start in Lincoln Park and then go north through the park to Sangamon Avenue, bypassing Ninth Street/Peoria Road altogether.
“Personally, I’m not in favor of it,” Mayor Jim Langfelder said Thursday. “It comes down to the tradition of the parade route. I’m not sure if they realize the thousands of people who come out and enjoy the parade.”
Rebecca Clark, communications manager for the Illinois Department of Agriculture, said there are advantages to moving the parade. She said the starting point in Lincoln Park provides handicapped-accessible bathrooms, more shade from the mid-summer heat, and water fountains for parade participants and spectators. […]
Clark said there will also be cost-savings because fewer streets will need to be blocked off. The fair is charged by the city for the blocked-off streets, she said, a cost that is expected to drop from about $10,000 to less than $5,000.
Saving money is good. And, who knows, maybe it’ll be a better parade. Wait and see.