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Grand Parade

Saturday, September 18, 2021 9:30AM - 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 Recipient

Jack Brundage & “Spike” Erickson

Benefactor Award Recipient


2019/2020 Apple Festival Royalty

Miss Apple Festival

Connor McBride

Apple Festival Prince

Jackson Lattan

Apple Festival Princess

Carly Stapleton

2019 Grand Parade Results



  1. Silkworm
  2. Murphy-Wall State Bank
  3. Mi Patio


  1. Christ Community Church
  2. United Methodist Church
  3. Immanuel Lutheran Church & School

Youth Groups/Classes

  1. Carruthers/Gen. John A. Logan Schools
  2. St. Andrew School
  3. Cub Scouts Pack 112


  1. Gen. John A. Logan Museum
  2. Marine Corps League, Shawnee Detachment 812
  3. Jackson County DAV, Chapter 69

Best Float

  • Christ Community Church

Most Beautiful Float

  • Gen. John A. Logan Museum

Most Original Float

  • Silkworm


  1. The Beautiful Ones Dance Team
  2. Studio 84
  3. Trico Jr. High Cheer Squad

Marching Bands

Class Jr. High/Middle School

  1. Pinckneyville Jr. High School
  2. Centralia Jr. High School
  3. DuQuoin Middle School
  4. Anna Jr. High SchoolDrum Major: Pinckneyville
    Auxiliary: Pinckneyville
    Percussion: Pinckneyville

Class B

  1. Trico Jr./Sr. High School
  2. Cobden High School
  3. Goreville High School
  4. Shawnee High SchoolDrum Major: Trico
    Auxiliary: Shawnee
    Percussion: Cobden

Class A

  1. Centralia High School
  2. Pinckneyville High School
  3. Kelly High School (Benton, MO)
  4. Sparta High SchoolDrum Major: Sparta
    Auxiliary: Centralia
    Percussion: Pinckneyville

Class AA

  1. Harrisburg High School
  2. Potosi High School (Potosi, MO)
  3. Carterville High SchoolDrum Major: Harrisburg
    Auxiliary: Harrisburg
    Percussion: Potosi

Class AAA

  1. Waterloo High School
  2. Belleville West High SchoolDrum Major: Waterloo
    Auxiliary: Waterloo
    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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