Easter Parade, Events Set for This Sunday

There will be a whole day of family-related activities in downtown Joliet, including the annual parade at 2 p.m.

The annual Wish Upon A Star Foundation Easter Parade steps off at 2 p.m. Sunday, but that's just one of many downtown Joliet activities being held that day to celebrate Easter.

Here's the schedule of events:

  • The animated children's movie Hop will be shown at noon at the Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St. Admission is free.
  • A hot dog lunch will be held inside Rialto from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to benefit the Wish Upon A Star Foundation. The lunch, consisting of a hot dog, chips, cookie and beverage, costs $4. The Easter Bunny will be there to pose for photos.
  • A free Easter “Candy Run” with the Joliet Slammers will be held at Silver Cross Field. The event is divided into age categories, with ages 1 to 4 starting at 10:15 a.m., ages 5 to 8 at 10:30 a.m. and ages 9 to 12 at 10:45 a.m. Gates open at 10 a.m.                           
  • The Easter Bunny will be at Gji's Sweet Shoppe from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (photos cost $7, including frame, and can be picked up at 4 p.m.) and there will be cookie decorating from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (cost is $1.50).
  • Easter crafts and games will be held at the Joliet Area Historical Museum from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 or free for members and children under 3. 
  • Easter Bunny Crafts will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Joliet Public Library.
  • Decorate your own Easter Basket Cupcake at the Red Goose Bakery & Café from 1 to 4 p.m. Each session will start on the half hour with a maximum of 50 people per shift. Cost is $3.50.
  • Brunch with the Easter Bunny at the Renaissance Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will also make a cookie craft! For more information, call 815-280-1404 or email Susan Stockwell at sstockwe@jjc.edu.

For more information on the downtown activities before and after the parade, email Cam.barnett@jolietdowntown.com.

To participate in the Easter parade, email Stardon123@aol.com.



darla black lopez March 22, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Oh no went to this event last year,freekin crazy ! Adults jumping at the candy crawling on the ground for peppermints.then when the genola bread company came around I never seen people act like retards grabbing the bread like it was there last time getting bread. For adults to push children and act this way isent worth it !
darla black lopez March 22, 2013 at 09:03 PM
When my 6yr old grandson says to me grandma can u just buy me candy at the sweetshop ? You know he has more sense than some of the adults that were there!


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