NORTH AURORA – Kelly Brizzolara of North Aurora and her 3-year-old daughter, Brooklyn, wanted to catch all of the fire engines and floats in Sunday's North Aurora Community Parade.
So they staked out a prime spot at the corner of Lincolnway and State Street to watch the parade.
"My sister just lives around the corner," Brizzolara said.
Brooklyn liked seeing the dancers from North Aurora-based Moves Dance Studio.
"We saw some of her sister's friends there," Brizzolara said.
The theme of this year's parade, hosted by the North Aurora Mothers Club, was "One Village, Many Faces." For Randy Olson, the parade created a sense of community.
"You see a lot of people you know," Olson said.
He and his two children, Haley, 7, and Daniel, 6, didn't mind the cool temperatures as they waited for the parade to begin.
The fun didn't stop with the parade. The North Aurora River District Alliance sponsored a post-parade party at Island Park featuring a petting zoo, rubber duck race and other activities.
Jennifer Duncan, of NOARDA, said the group is trying to bring attention to the riverfront. Last year, the group completed a project to build an interactive stream along the village’s riverfront.
The 125-foot artificial stream reuses rainwater collected from the roof of North Aurora Village Hall to display several aquatic ecosystems. Interpretive signs explain the ecological significance of each section.
Native plantings and local stone connect the artificial stream with the natural environment of northern Illinois.