PLAINFIELD – The 63rd annual Plainfield Community Homecoming Parade will be led by a retired school principal and feature floats from in and around the village.
Retired Crystal Lawns Elementary Principal Kathy Baxter will be the grand marshal of Saturday’s parade. Baxter retired over the summer after 40 years at the school, the first 19 as a teacher. She was honored by the school district and the Plainfield Village Board for her service to the community.
The “Disney on Parade” themed parade is also longer than ever, with floats, trucks and walkers from 134 groups, businesses, governing districts and politicians running for office in the November elections.
It’s organized by the district’s alumni association.
“This parade really helps to emphasize our community and the diversity,” said Plainfield School District 202 spokesman Tom Hernandez. “This is one of the few times people come from all over to Plainfield.”
The parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Van Dyke Road and Lockport Street, near Ira Jones Middle School. It will head down Lockport through downtown and turn on Illinois Street. The parade will then circle back to Plainfield Central High School, Hernandez said.
After the parade, Plainfield Central will have school-specific festivities as Homecoming Week kicks off at the other Plainfield high schools.
One of those events is the induction of the 2000-2001 Plainfield girls basketball team into the Plainfield Athletic Hall of Fame.
Traffic will be diverted and streets will be blocked off during the parade, Plainfield police stated in a news release.
At 6 a.m. Saturday, police will close Ottawa Street west of the DuPage River between Van Dyke and Ira Jones.
At 8:15 a.m., police will close Route 126 from Wallin Drive to Route 59, Lockport Street from James Street to Route 59, James Street from Lockport to Fort Beggs Drive and Ottawa Street from James to Illinois.
At that time, they will also close Fox River, Des Plaines and Illinois streets from Lockport to Commercial Street. Commercial will be closed from Illinois to James and Fort Beggs will close from James to Pratt Lane.