Kids celebrated with parade


ROCHELLE – The Rochelle Chamber of Commerce’s Celebrate Our Little Hero’s Drive-Thru Parade was a big hit with kids and families in the community.  

The parade took place on Friday, May 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Rochelle Commons parking lot. Vehicles entered the parking lot, received a bag and a number identifying the number of children in the vehicle and drove through the parking lot receiving gifts from multiple volunteer sharers. 

Many families decorated their vehicles and waved out the windows as they drove by. One family even decorated its dog in a special costume for the event. In addition to families, the Rochelle Police Department and Rochelle Fire Department attended as well. The entire parade was a success and the chamber of commerce was very happy with the number of families that showed support. 

“The parade went very well and we had roughly 150 kids that came out,” said Tricia Herrera, Rochelle Chamber of Commerce president. “We had beautiful weather and lots of kids went home with bags of goodies, it was just a really fun time.”

There were around 15 different volunteer sharers at the event handing out goodies and while the kids enjoyed the gifts, many of the families said it was great just to see people again. The Rochelle Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everybody who came out to support the kids in the community who have been affected by the pandemic. 

“We want to thank all of the sharers, the businesses, the Rochelle Police Department and the Rochelle Fire Department for coming out,” Herrera said. “It was a great time, we had a lot of fun, spread a lot of smiles with the young kids and that was our whole goal.”