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Grand Parade

Saturday, September 17, 2022 11:00AM - 1:00PM

"Lights, Camera, Appletime!"

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 are enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors each year.

Featured 2022 Parade Participants

Grand Parade Marshals

Gary & Brenda Mills

Founder's Award Recipient

Dave Clarke

Benefactor Award Recipient

Capital Supply Company

2021 Apple Festival Royalty

Miss Apple Festival

Isabela Cerrato

Apple Festival Prince & Princess

Elijah James Bell & Malia Rae Conway

2022 Grand Parade Results



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

Youth Groups/Classes

  1. St. Andrew Catholic School
  2. Snow Power Cheer (Herrin, IL)


  1. General John A. Logan Museum
  2. DAV Chapter 69
  3. Toys for Tots, Marine Corps Veterans


  1. N/A

Best Float

  • Murphy-Wall State Bank & Trust Co.

Most Beautiful Float

  • Country Financial - Matt Duffy & Jamie Green

Most Original Float

  • General John A. Logan Museum


  1. The Beautiful Ones, Trish White


Class Jr. High/Middle School

  1. Pinckneyville Junior High School
  2. Du Quoin Middle School
  3. Anna Junior High School
    Drum Major: Du Quoin
    Auxiliary: Pinckneyville
    Percussion: Du Quoin

Class B

  1. Trico Jr/Sr. High School
    Drum Major: Trico
    Auxiliary: N/A
    Percussion: Trico

Class A

  1. Kelly High School (Benton, MO)
  2. Pinckneyville High School
  3. Carlyle High School
  4. East Prarie High School (MO)
    Drum Major: Kelly
    Auxiliary: Pinckneyville
    Percussion: Kelly

Class AA

  1. Harrisburg High School
  2. Centralia High School
  3. Potosi High School (MO)
  4. Carterville High School
    Drum Major: Harrisburg
    Auxiliary: Harrisburg
    Percussion: Potosi

Class AAA

  1. Waterloo High School
    Drum Major: Waterloo
    Auxiliary: Waterloo
    Percussion: Waterloo
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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 Mboro Middle School
Marching Bands Line-Up: Longfellow Park
Parade Route: Walnut Street from 21st Street to 7th Street
Awards for Floats & Pom/Dance: Gen. 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.

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.


Contact Debbie Glodo

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.

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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