Children's Pet & Hobby Parade

THEME:  "These Roots Run Deep"

WHEN:  Friday September 14, 2018
                 3:30 pm - Judging Begins
                 4:00 pm - Parade Begins

WHERE:  Parade will progress East on Walnut Street
                     Starting at 17th Street and ending at 9th Street.

EVENT PARTNERS:  Jackson County Abstract & Title Guarantee CoMurphysboro Education Association, & 101.5 CIL-FM

EVENT CHAIR:  Jeannie Etherton

Affectionately know as the "Kiddie Parade", children may participate in this very popular event in a variety of ways. Decorated bicycles, tricycles, or wagons; pet and owner dressed in costume; and family built floats to match the Apple Festival's theme are a small example of what can be done by participants.

Entries should be at the 17th Street Warehouse parking lot between North 17th and 18th Streets by 3:30 PM. Judging will start at 3:30 PM. Anyone arriving after 3:30 PM will not be eligible for judging to receive prizes, but are certainly welcome to march in the parade. The parade will end at the intersection of 9th and Walnut Streets. Floats and bands will pull off Walnut Street onto south 9th Street (turning right). Pets, bicycles, and others will pull off Walnut Street onto north 9th Street (turning left).


  • NO motorized vehicles will be allowed to run in the parade except those used to pull floats.

  • NO motorcycles, three-wheelers or go-carts, etc.!

  • NO skateboards or roller blades.

  • NO throwing of candy or treats during the parade by the participants. Throwing things during the parade endangers the small spectators that may try to run out and get the items.


Five prizes will be awarded in each of the six (6) categories with First Place receiving a Plaque and Second Place, Third Place, and Honorable Mentions (2) receiving Ribbons:

  • Parade Theme

  • Best Pets

  • Best Decorated Bicycles

  • Miscellaneous

  • Kid Built Float with Help of Parents

  • Float Built by Parents for Kids

Awards will be given out after the parade until 5:30 PM at the corner lot of North 9th and Walnut Streets. Thereafter, they will be available to pick up from the Murphysboro Apple Festival Headquarters, located at 110 S. 14th St.

2018 Results


  1. The Aldridge Girls

  2. MMS Bike Club


  1. Contes Family

  2. Nora Bailey & Yadi

  3. Bethany Wougamon

    Honarable Mention:
    Manessah Esker
    Kimberly & Jackie

Parade Theme

  1. Jack Kincaid & Judah Finn Tweedy-Logan


  1. N/A

Kid & Parent Built Float

  1. N/A

Organization Built Float

  1. St. Andrew School

  2. Casey's General Store

  3. GJAL & Carruthers Schools

    Honorable Mention:
    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

    Honorable Mention: Kid's Day Out

Best Overall Float

  • Immanuel Lutheran School

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