This website is dedicated to the memory of TFT Parade Member Ed May
who created the first Parade website, with Jack Voss, in 1999.
This format was designed by Sharon Allen, and is now maintained by Jack Voss.
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TOYS FOR TOTS
THE PARADE 2010-PRESENT
2014: 37th Parade. Santa's passenger is a "Make-a-wish" dreamer whose wish was granted by being in The Parade. Governor Rauner rides and donates $5000. 50,000 riders estimated.
2015: 38th Parade. Santa passenger is an injured veteran who wanted to see The Parade. Over 50,000 riders. Last time for the Belmont Overpass.
2016: 39th Parade. 8:30am start. Small
crowd, because snow forecasted. No snow during Parade, heavy snowfall at the end. Gov. Rauner donates $5000 again but can't ride due to prior commitments. No Belmont/Riverview bridge.
2017: 40th Parade. 35 degrees at the start, reached 56 degrees. Large attendance. Governor rides and donates $5000.
2018: 41st Parade. Mid 40 degrees. Cloudy, some rain. 20,000-30,000 riders. Last time The Parade ends at the DeVry/Lane Tech campus. 50 bicycles donated by Cambium Network.
2011: Click here for links to 1,924 photos and 4 videos.
2010: Lester Fortier becomes the president of Toys for Tots. Click here for a links to 1,027 photos.