2010: (33rd Parade) Lester Fortier becomes the president of Toys for Tots.
2011: (34th Parade)
2012: (35th Parade) Special 35th Anniversary pin, maroon shirt. Largest parade ever. 70,000 riders.
2013: (36th Parade) 20,000 riders
2014: (37th Parade) Santa's passenger is a "Make-a-wish" dreamer whose wish was granted by being in The Parade. Governor Rauner rides and donates $5000. 50,000 riders estimated.
2015: (38th Parade) Santa passenger is an injured veteran who wanted to see The Parade. Over 50,000 riders. Last time for the Belmont Overpass.
2016: (39th Parade) 8:30am start. Small
crowd, because snow forecasted. No snow during Parade, heavy snowfall at the end. Gov. Rauner donates $5000 again but can't ride due to prior commitments. No Belmont/Riverview bridge.
2017: (40th Parade) 35 degrees at the start, reached 56 degrees. Large attendance. Governor rides and donates $5000.
2018: (41st Parade) Mid 40 degrees. Cloudy, some rain. 20,000-30,000 riders. Last time The Parade ends at the DeVry/Lane Tech campus. 50 bicycles donated by Cambium Network.
2019: (42nd Parade) DeVry Campus renamed DePaul College Prep. First Wedding performed by Santa before Parade kick-off. Light rain fall after parade ended. 50 bicycles donated by Cambium Network.
This website is dedicated to the memory of TFT Parade Member Ed May
who created the first Parade website, with Jack Voss, in 1999.
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