Ed "Aminal" Wisniewski is a Viet Nam Veteran and the previous owner of a motorcycle shop, Fantasy Choppers. Aminal had the idea of the first ride that later became the Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade, and the Parade Organization along with it. Chicagoland TFT would not be here today with out Aminal, Thor, Puppy, Princess, Mark-Off, and Namu's wonderful selflessness.
On December 13, 1978, Ed "Aminal" Wisniewski organized some friends to provide Christmas presents to underprivileged children in Chicago. The first parade had three participants, one motorcycle, and a van half-full of toys. By 2003, the parade had 40,000 motorcyclists. By 2012, there were 70,000 and the Chicagoland Toys for Tots Parade is now the largest motorcycle parade in the world, providing tens of thousands of children with brand-new presents for Ch
Aminal, Puppy, Thor, Namu, Princess, and Mark-off planned the first TFT Parade. On December 13, 1978, Thor, Puppy and Aminal left from Fantasy Choppers on 2532 W. 63rd Street and ended at the Glenview Naval Air Station. There was only one motorcycle and a van half-filled with toys. Aminal originally was going to borrow a rigid-frame Triumph 250 but he couldn't get the bike started, so then he borrowed Puppy's Harley. The bike's chain broke, but to make it a true motorcycle parade, he had to get to the end. So he and Puppy, who was riding in the van, held each other's arms, and he was towed to the Naval Air Station.
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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