‘Salute to Sports’ Good Neighbor Day Parade steps off Saturday, May 7

A live music float from Visible Music College pauses in front of the Lansing Clocktower at last year's Good Neighbor Day Parade. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

2 p.m. parade will follow same route as last year

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (April 25, 2022) – It’s spring again in Lansing, and that means the return of one of Lansing’s longest-running traditions — the Good Neighbor Day Parade.

This year’s parade will be the 53rd installment of the popular community-wide event, which brings together government, businesses, organizations and residents from Lansing and beyond. The parade has been a tradition since 1968, with 2020’s parade cancelled due to COVID concerns.

Stepping off on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m., this year’s parade will follow the same route debuted for last year’s, starting at Ridge and Wentworth, traveling west to Burnham, and then south to TF South High School. The route was changed in 2020 to avoid blocking traffic on Torrence Avenue.

This year’s theme is “Salute to Sports.” Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce Director Susan Thompson said, “We tried to do something simple, that everyone could do.”

The deadline for participants to register for the parade is May 5. Registration is free for Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce members, and $100 for non-members.

The parade will continue rain or shine. Attendees are invited to set up lawn chairs or sit along the side of the road anywhere along the parade route.

To read about the history of the decades-old community celebration, read Carrie Steinweg’s 2018 story: Good Neighbor Day Parade is one-of-a-kind.