53rd Good Neighbor Day Parade a welcome return to form after COVID hiatus
By Josh Bootsma
LANSING, Ill. (May 1, 2021) – The disappointment of last year’s cancelled Good Neighbor Day Parade made this year’s annual parade through the heart of Lansing even more special for both walkers and watchers.
Organized by the Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce, the 53rd annual Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade invited participants to decorate according to a superhero theme, a nod to the many local heroes that the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed.
This year’s parade deviated from previous routes, traveling west on Ridge Road from Wentworth Avenue to Burnham Avenue, where it turned south and ended near 186th Street.
Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce Director Amy Todd said the parade drew fewer participants this year than in past years, though many new participants signed up.
Though the wind gusted at times, the parade — which stepped off at 2 p.m. — enjoyed beautiful and sunny weather.