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Saturday photos: Good Neighbor Day Parade and America Sings!

Photos by Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (May 6, 2023) – Hundreds of people came out in Lansing on Saturday to enjoy the perennial favorite Good Neighbor Day Parade, and the first-time America Sings! finale. Photos from the day are included below.

Good Neighbor Day Parade

Good neighbor Day Parade
Pre-parade walkers picked their ideal spots to sit before step-off at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Spectators waited with anticipation for the start of the Good Neighbor Day Parade in Lansing.
The Lansing Veterans Memorial Ceremonial Honor Guard drew applause from the crowd as they marched with the flag.
The Lansing Boy Scouts marched in the parade Saturday.
This WWII veteran tossed candy to onlookers.
The TF South Band and Flag Team worked in harmony as they travelled the parade route.
The band was full and sonorous. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Andrew Harootunian of the Lansing Public Library led the way with a library on wheels.
Lansing Little Leaguers were out in force.
When it came to throwing candy, this Little Leaguer’s arm was already in mid-season form.
Sunnybrook 171 proudly marched the streets of Lansing.
Representing LACE, this little vehicle advertised the organization’s upcoming cruise nights.
Wendy, Homewood Disposal’s special garbage truck, greeted the crowd.
LARC proudly made their way down Ridge and Burnham in the Saturday afternoon sun. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Lansing Christian School marched in the parade Saturday.
Glenwood Village Pet Hospital got the attention of the crowd with some four-legged paraders.
The many bikes of Greenway Bikehouse in Lansing drew the crowd’s interest. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The Memorial Band played Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll,” more commonly know as “The ‘Hey’ song.”
Flag twirlers from Memorial.
All of District 158’s mascots were aboard its float.
America Sings! participants sang and danced as they travelled through Lansing.
Servpro drew attention with a bright, Imperial green.
Students from Universal Martial Arts demonstrated some of their moves during the Good Neighbor Day Parade.
Another successful parade left spectators with full spirits — and pockets full of candy.

America Sings!

Heritage Middle School performed a few songs as part of the America Sings! presentation at Fox Pointe, which took place shortly after the Good Neighbor Day Parade concluded.
A Heritage soloist sings while her fellow chorus-members clap in rhythm behind her.
America Sings! founder John Jacobson presents a plaque to Yvette Mayo of Memorial Jr. High School for the school’s participation in the event.
The schools that participated in the joint grand-finale Saturday after were: Heritage Middle School from Lansing, Memorial Jr. High School from Lansing, Hoover Elementary School from Calumet City, St Nicolas of Tolentine from Chicago, and Academy of Music of the Paderweski Symphony Orchestra from Chicago.
The grand finale included songs choreographed by Jacobson. About 80 students participated in the final songs to end America Sings’ stay in Lansing.
A small crowd gathered to watch the students perform.
“Making music together is one of the most community-oriented things you can possibly do. And having it in [Fox Pointe] on a beautiful day like this, and just singing and dancing, what could possible be more glorious?” said Jacobson.
The finale ended with a song called “America Sings!”
Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.


  1. Great pictures of the parade! I liked walking in the parade when I was working at the library.

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