The Keepataw Day Parade started in 1951 in Lemont, and will see its latest edition step off from Main and Stephen Street in Downtown Lemont starting at 1pm. The parade will proceed east and make a turn onto East Illinois Street. Units will march west to the end of the parade at the intersection of Lemont and Illinois.
The Parade is named after Potawatomi Chief Keepataw, who along with his nomad tribe, settled in the Lemont area. The tribe was friendly with early settlers and reportedly warned them of inter-tribal wars. When the area now known as Lemont was first settled, it was named Keepataw.
The Grand Marshall of the Parade is Al Albrecht, who was nominated based on his history of serving the community. Al was a teacher of physical education, geography, and drivers education. He also coached baseball, cross country, volleyball, and wrestling. He was named Athletic Director in 1992.
The event will feature a performance by the band Infinity, which bills itself as “Classic to Current: The Ultimate Rock Experience.” This is part of the Fun Fest, featuring games, a beer tent, food, and a vendor market which will take place in the Metra lot until 10pm.
The Lemont Keepataw Day Foundation is not-for-profit 501(c)(3) arts, culture and humanities organization that organizes the Lemont Keepataw Day Parade. For more information on the parade, please visit KeepatawParade.com.