With the pandemic making the traditional Flossmoor children's parade impractical, the Flossmoor Volunteer Fire Department came up with an alternative plan, a pair of fire vehicle processions through town so residents could still experience a parade while remaining safe from COVID-19.
One set of vehicles started from Crawford Avenue and Ballantrae Way on the west side of the village. Another procession of fire department vehicles started on the east side of town. The two parades met in the middle, concluding the parade at the Flossmoor Fire Department.
Diana Shelton Echols, Barbara Wallace, Jeanne and James Wilder cheered the start of the west side parade from the intersection of Ballantrae Way and Dunbar Street.
"I think it's great they came into the community. That's wonderful," Shelton said.
Diane Knetl of Flossmoor watched the parade across the street from Flossmoor Community Church with youngsters Coco and Millie Mlynaricik.
"I was glad Flossmoor did something. I love this community. The kids loved it," Knetl said.
"I liked it. It was very noisy," she said.