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Children's Pet & Hobby Parade

Friday, September 17, 2021 3:30PM - 4:30PM

Due to COVID-19 crowd restrictions, the Children’s Pet & Hobby Parade is postponed until 2021.

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.


EVENT CHAIR: Jeannie Etherton

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.

2019 Results


  1. Claire Green
  2. Isabella Hanson
  3. Elliot & Ayers - Integrity & Chivalry


  1. Murphysboro Middle School Science Club & Dani
  2. Alexis & Faith - Bethany & Bo
  3. Zeb Hanson & Genesis

Parade Theme

  1. Sylas & Knox


  1. The Smith Toys - Rich, Carrie, Elijah & Joshua Smith

Kid & Parent Built Float

  1. Jones Family

Organization Built Float

  1. Carruthers & GJAL Schools
  2. Immanuel Lutheran School
  3. St. Andrew School

Honorable Mention: Kids Day Out

Best Overall Float

  • MeMaw's Bakers
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Rules & Regulations

  • NO motorized vehicles (motorcycles, three wheelers, go-carts, etc.) will be allowed in the parade except those used to pull floats.
  • 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.

Judging & Line-up - 3:30 pm
Parade Step-Off - 4:00 pm

WHERE: Judging & Line-Up: 17th Street Warehouse Parking Lot
Parade Route: Walnut Street from 18th to 7th Street

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).

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