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Children's Pet & Hobby Parade

Friday, September 13, 2024 3:30PM - 5:30PM

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

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 from 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 Offices during regular business hours or by appointment, located at 110 S. 14th Street.

2022 Results


  1. N/A


  1. Magnolia the dog with her human, Jesse Elder

Parade Theme

  1. Ian Surman


  1. Shining Lights

Kid & Parent Built Float

  1. Evelyn Gilbert & Evelyn Duensing

Organization Built Float

  1. Immanuel Lutheran
  2. St. Andrew School
  3. Kid's Day Out

Best Overall Float

  • Kousin Krew

THEME: "Festival Lights on September Nights"

WHERE: Judging & Line-Up - N. 18th St & 17th Street Warehouse Parking Lot
Parade Route: Walnut Street, eastbound from 18th to 8th Street

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

EVENT CHAIR: Jeannie Etherton

There is no application form or fee for entry. Entries should be at the 17th Street Warehouse parking lot between North 17th and 18th Streets by 3:30 PM when judging will start. Anyone arriving after 3:30 PM will not be eligible to receive awards but are certainly welcome to participate 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).

Rules & Regulations

  • NO motorized vehicles (motorcycles, three-wheelers, go-carts, etc.) allowed except those used to pull floats.
  • NO skateboards or rollerblades.
  • 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.

The Murphysboro Apple Festival has implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures and has added additional handwashing stations and sanitizing stations throughout the Festival grounds. Please follow all recommended guidelines while attending the Festival in order to keep it fun and safe for everyone!

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