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Minonk's 38th Parade of Lights Draws Large Crowd

Saturday, December 04, 2021 - Posted 8:00:36 PM

Above is downtown Minonk's Christmas Tree at the northeast corner of Fifth and Chestnut streets, site of the fire of 2011.

Minonk's 38th Annual Parade of Lights drew probably the biggest crowd in memory as the weather was relatively mild and people were enjoying an escape from the confining conditions imposed by the ongoing COVID pandemic. People mingled in a holiday atmosphere in an attempt to restore normalcy to their lives after a 2 year pandemic that has restricted social events.

Last year's parade was not held due to the pandemic. The resumption of the parade this year continues the tradition of Minonk as having one of the oldest and best parade of lights in the state. Fireworks preceded the start of the parade with over 35 floats, all of excellent quality. Below are pictures of some of the floats.

A float by the Koehler family.

Fieldcrest Knights marching band.

A float by St. Patrick's Church of Minonk.

A float by Riff's Bar.

A float by the Rockwell family.

A float by Minonk Lanes.

A float by Knight Fitness

A float by Green Tree Pharmacy

A float by Sean and Christine Cunningham.

A float by Stimp's Bar and Restaurant.

A float by Joe's Pizza.

A float by Fieldcrest Dental.

A float by Carl's Automotive.

Santa Claus brings up the end of the parade.