here used to say there are three things in life you can count
on...death, taxes...and the Hog Days Parade. But in 2012 that all
changed when, for the first time any of us can ever remember, the
parade was cancelled!
The Hog Days parade is one of the lynchpins
of our Labor Day weekend celebration. Literally thousands of
people come to town and either march in the spectacle or line the
streets of the mile long parade route for what is usually close to a
two hour event.
When Hog Days began its run on Labor Day weekend, the parade was
held on Monday as a Labor Day parade. In the early 1970s, it
moved to Saturday and became the Hog Days Parade. There have been
years where rain has poured down before or after but, for whatever
reason, never during the time the parade is scheduled. And we
just got used to that. We always have a Hog Days Parade.
But in 2012, thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Isaac, Hog Days
history was made.
The parade begins at 2 PM. Due to the number of people
involved as organizers, participants and spectators (thousands all
totaled) it just isn't possible to move it to another time or
another day or another weekend. The parade goes...or it
doesn't. Pick one. What made 2012 different from all the other years
preceding it was the severity of nearby weather. Tornado
warnings had been issued for communities close by as the start time
grew near and where it was raining, it down poured! Many of the
parade entrants decided not to march. Rather than
risking the unthinkable, holding a parade and having severe weather
strike with thousands of people out in the open, the call was made to cancel.
What happened next became somewhat surreal. Once it was
announced that the parade was cancelled, everyone at first became
somewhat dumbstruck. No parade! Sooooo, what do we do now?
We had never really seriously considered that much a Hog Days
without a parade. Then came the anger. Not so much at Hog
Days, the organizers or the weather (on second thought there was a
decent amount of that!)...but more the fact that our "NEVER
missed a year" streak spanning 59 years had just come to an end!
So what you're seeing on this page are pictures and highlights
from the Hog Days parade of 2011.
You can get more info for the 2013 Hog Days Parade from the
Kewanee Chamber of Commerce or
by clicking here...because we know
we're now set for another 59 uninterrupted years of one of the best
parades around! Come join us Saturday, August 31st, 2013 at 2 PM!