New State Fair Parade Route Draws Criticism

Big changes are coming to the Illinois State Fair parade… and a lot of people are up in arms about it.

The much shorter route will only travel from Lincoln Park onto Sangamon Avenue…and then east a short distance to the Main Gate. The parade on Thursday, August 10th will then proceed through the fairgrounds… where spectators will be charged admission.

Social media reaction was harsh, saying the change is unnecessary and even “dumb,” and Mayor Jim Langfelder also thinks it’s a bad idea that will hurt businesses along the former parade route on Peoria Road.

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