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Grand Parade

Saturday, September 18, 2021 11:00AM - 1:00PM

The Apple Festival Grand Parade is back
and bigger than ever in 2021!

2021 THEME: "70 Years of Apples, Pies and Rides, Oh My!"

The Apple Festival Grand Parade is one of the longest in Illinois with fire engines, marching bands, floats, visiting royalty, horses, and many other unique entries. Over 100 units make this parade truly GRAND and enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors each year.

Featured 2021 Parade Participants

Grand Parade Marshal

Bill & Carolyn Jones

Founder's Award Recipients

Jack Brundage & Vinson “Spike” Erickson

Benefactor Award Recipient

Murphysboro Education Association

2019/2020 Apple Festival Royalty

Miss Apple Festival

Connor McBride

Apple Festival Prince

Jackson Lattan

Apple Festival Princess

Carly Stapleton

2021 Grand Parade Results



  1. Murphy-Wall State Bank & Trust Co.
  2. Country Financial - Matt Duffy & Jamie Green
  3. Silkworm


  1. Elm Street Baptist Church
  2. Real Church

Youth Groups/Classes

  1. St. Andrew School


  1. Snow Power Cheer
  2. Marine Corps League, Shawnee Detachment 812
  3. Ultimate Cheer

Best Float

  • Murphy-Wall State Bank & Trust Co.

Most Beautiful Float

  • Elm Street Baptist Church

Most Original Float

  • Country Financial - Matt Duffy & Jamie Green


  1. The Beautiful Ones Dance Team

Marching Bands

Class Jr. High/Middle School

  1. Pinckneyville Junior HS
  2. Anna Junior HS
  3. Du Quoin MS
    Drum Major: Pinckneyville
    Auxiliary: Pinckneyville
    Percussion: Pinckneyville

Class B

  1. Trico Jr/Sr HS
    Drum Major: Trico
    Auxiliary: Trico
    Percussion: Trico

Class A

  1. Harrisburg HS
  2. Pinckneyville HS
  3. Kelly HS (Benton, MO)
  4. Johnson City HS
    Drum Major: Harrisburg
    Auxiliary: Harrisburg
    Percussion: Harrisburg

Class AA

  1. Centralia HS
    Drum Major: Centralia
    Auxiliary: Centralia
    Percussion: Centralia

Class AAA

  1. Waterloo HS
  2. Belleville West HS
    Drum Major: Waterloo
    Auxiliary: Belleville West
    Percussion: Waterloo
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WHEN: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Line-up: 9:30 AM
Parade Steps-Off: 11:00 AM
Awards for Floats & Pom/Dance: 2:15 PM
Awards for Bands: Conclusion of Drums at Appletime

WHERE: Downtown Murphysboro
Line-Up: by unit number around MMS
Marching Bands Line-Up: Longfellow Park
Parade Route: Walnut Street from 21st Street to 7th Street
Awards for Floats & Pom/Dance: Gen. John A. Logan Statue at MMS
Awards for Bands: Murphysboro High School's E.L. 'Doc' Bencini Field

EVENT CHAIRS: Debbie Glodo & Bob Hall

Parade Entry Applications by Email

Submit your application by email to:
Debbie Glodo -

Please include the following information:

  1. Group/entrant - name, phone number, mailing address (address, city, zip)
  3. Description of entry
  4. 5-6 sentences describing the entry to be read as unit passes the reviewing stand

This email will serve as your application. When all four pieces of required information listed above have been received, your application will be confirmed by email.


Contact Debbie Glodo

Parade Guidelines

  • No advertising - Businesses may: 1.) build a themed float or, 2.) become an Event Partner of the Murphysboro Apple Festival. Please call or email the Apple Festival Offices for more information on partnership opportunities - Phone: 618.684.3200 - Email:
  • No objects may be thrown from moving vehicles during the parade nor may vehicles stop to throw items!
  • No political units or political sponsors - The Grand Parade Committee will continue the long-standing tradition of inviting the current Murphysboro Police Chief, Fire Chief, Mayor, City Aldermen and women, and the Jackson County Sheriff to participate in the parade by riding in vehicles at the front of the parade.
  • Reviewing Stand - Located at 13th Street and Walnut Street, on the north side of the intersection, as a part of the Arts & Crafts Fair entryway.
  • Float Judging - By a panel of judges located at the Reviewing Stand. Cash awards for top floats.

Marching Bands

Marching Bands interested in participating in the Grand Parade and/or Drums at Appletime®, please visit the Drums at Appletime® page for more information.

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