Parade History

Year Theme Grand Marshall
1969 Let’s Sing Out, Sing Out For America
1970 This Land is Your Land
1971 America the Beautiful
1972 Harmony
1973 An Old Fashioned 4th
1974 It’s A Small World
1975 This Land is Our Land
1976 Freedom’s Way – U.S.A.
1977 On the Road to Happiness
1978 Close Encounters of the 4th
1979 Games People Play
1980 The Great Outdoors
1981 Friends and Neighbors
1982 Fun With the Red, White and Blue
1983 Salute Our Volunteers
1984 Spirit of America Mr. & Mrs Ed Rudolph
1985 Let’s Have an Old-Fashioned 4th Dr. & Mrs. Homer O. Harvey
1986 Our Land of Liberty Bert Pollak
1987 We the People Daniel J. Walker
1988 . . . Of the People David Cruickshank & Andy Gabel
1989 . . . By The People Joe Doud
1990 Marching Into The 90s Ken Thiel
1991 To Honor Those Who Served Bruce Hoover, Norbert Gumbinger, and Vets
1992 Demonstrate Democracy Dr. E. James Duffy
1993 Celebrating Freedom Marcia Doniger
1994 Northbrook – An American Original David Cruickshank, Andy Gabel, Herman Lorenz, Louie Werhane
1995 The Tradition Continues Dan & Toni Walker
1996 Let Freedom Ring! Ron Bernardi
1997 A Family 4th Joe Doud
1998 Pride in Old Glory Wally Kruse
1999 On to the Milennium Judith Hughes
2000 Celebrate@Northbrook.IL.US Ron Christensen
2001 The Fabric of Our History Shermerville Kids – residents born in Shermerville
2002 Proud To Be An American Park District and Library Boards
2003 Red, White & Blue Celebrates with Green & Gold Original GBN Staff
2004 Great Traditions – A Grand Time Northbrook Civic Foundation
2005 Northbrook Salutes Pride in America Lona N. Louis
2006 Diversity Makes U.S. Strong Don Hintz and Jack Coombe
2007 Honoring America’s Heroes Bernie Schmidt
2008 Red, White, Blue and Northbrook Green Ed Harvey & John Novinson
2009 Northbrook Celebrates Freedom Northbrook Woman’s Club
2010 Making A Difference Through Service The Scouts of Northbrook
2011 Honoring Old Glory WWII Veterans
2012 Imagine Current Iraq and Afghanistan Vets and their families
2013 Unity Through Community Marcia Doniger, Founder of Northbrook Citizens for Drug and Alcohol Awareness
2014 Celebrating Historic Moments Northbrook Historical Society Board of Directors
2015 Northbrook Rotary Club
2016 1966 GBN Baseball State Champions
2017 Northbrook Park District – Celebrating 90th Anniversary
2018 Northbrook Police Chief Roger Adkins and Northbrook Fire Chief Andy Carlson
2019 American Legion Post 791 – Centennial Celebration of Founding
2020 Canceled due to COVID-19 Pandemic