Kishwaukee Fest Parade Announces Parade Marshall


Kishwaukee Fest Parade of Parades will be held Friday, July 27 and will feature live bands, floats, pageant queens, youth groups and more. The parade steps off at 7:00 PM (evening parade). Celebrating its 7th Anniversary the parade features a unique variety of entertainment groups. The Parade Marshall and Military Parade Marshall have been selected from local nominees. New units include antique fire trucks, a circus wagon with a working music calliope, local dance troops, service clubs, and more.

Honorary Parade Marshal

Kishwaukee Fest committee has selected DeKalb Police Commander Craig ‘Woody’ Woodruff as the official Honorary Parade Marshall for the 2018 Parade of Parades. Commander Woodward is a 20 year veteran of the DeKalb Police Department. “Woody” has been a leader and is well respected by all that know him. According to Chief of Police Gene Lowery, “He is an exceptionally intelligent, solid police officer, mentor to many and an exemplary leader who always has his heart in the right place”. According to other officers on the DeKalb (IL) Police department, Woody has been and will always be a friend to all and an advocate for the men and women of the police department and the entire community. Commander Woodruff recently was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, and to show that he would not fight this battle alone, the department created a benefit called “Backup Has Arrived”. He and his wife and family believe in DeKalb and all the good it has to offer its citizens.

Military Parade Marshall
Kishwaukee Fest committee has selected Marine LCPL Hunter T. Munch as the official Military Parade Marshall for the 2018 Parade of Parades. LCPL Munch currently serves as a Team Leader for Third platoon, Fox company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Division. LCPL Munch is the Son of Thomas and Rebecca Munch was born on June 29, 1997. He  graduated from Sycamore High School in the summer of 2015 and enlisted as an infantry specialist in the United States Marine Corps (Reserve) on December 7, 2015. He completed recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego on March 4, 2016. and afterwards attended the school of infantry at Camp Pendleton,California. Upon graduation LCPL Munch joined 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines as an 0311 on June 21, 2016.His personal military awards include, The National Defense Service Ribbon and Expert Rifle qualification. Hunter currently lives in DeKalb, Illinois and works as an electrician for Excel Electric Group LLC .
Music in the Parade includes Drums Corps, Marching Bands, Steel Drum Band, Rock Bands and Country Bands (on flat bed trucks). Many of the music groups park in the down town area after the parade for an old fashion street dance. The 2018 version of  “Parade of Parades” featured over 90 units and is becoming a regional favored of parade goers.
Parade starts on 7th street (Founders School) and proceeds to Lincolns Highway (east) and ends on Second Street in Downtown DeKalb. For more information please visit:
Friday, July 27, 2018 – Parade of Parades
For more inforation please contact: 815-756-1263 – Parade Coordinator – Media Coordinator