Appletime Grand Parade


THEME: "These Roots Run Deep"

WHEN: Saturday September 15, 2018
Line-up Begins at 9:30 AM
Parade Steps-Off at 11:00 AM
Awards for Floats & Pom/Dance - 2:15 PM
Awards for Bands - Conclusion of Drums at Appletime

WHERE: Line-Up by unit number at MMS Marching Bands line-up at Longfellow Park
Parade begins at 20th Street, continues east on Walnut Street until 7th Street
Awards for Floats & Pom/Dance - Gen. John A. Logan Statue at Murphysboro Middle School

Awards for Bands - Murphysboro High School's E.L. 'Doc' Bencini Field

EVENT PARTNERS: WSIL TV 3 & The Southern Illinoisan

EVENT CHAIRS: Debbie Glodo & Bob Hall

The Apple Festival Grand Parade is one of the longest in Illinois with fire engines, marching bands, floats, visiting royalty, horses, and many other unique entries. Over 100 units make this parade truly GRAND and enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors each year.


Featured 2018 Parade Participants
Grand Marshal: Clifton Swafford
Founder's Awards: Shawn Stearns
Benefactor Award: Jackson County Abstract


Marching Bands
Marching Bands interested in participating the Grand Parade and/or Drums at Appletime®, click below for an informational letter and entry form.

2018 Appletime Grand Parade & Drums at Appletime®Marching Band Information & Entry FormENTRY DEADLINE WAS AUGUST 31ST!

For more information on, please contact Murphysboro Apple Festival
Phone: 618.684.3200

Parade Entry Applications by Email
Applications for FLOATS, WALKING GROUPS, POM/DANCE GROUPS, VISITING ROYALTY, or VEHICLES should be sent by email to:
Debbie Glodo -

Please include the following information:

  1. Group/entrant - please include a contact name, phone number, and mailing address
  3. Description of entry
  4. 5-6 sentences describing the entry to be read as unit passes the reviewing stand

This email will serve as your application. When all four pieces of required information listed above has been received, your application will be confirmed by email.

Debbie Glodo
Murphysboro Apple Festival
Phone: 618.684.3200
(Messages will be returned as soon as possible)


**Parade Guidelines**

  • No advertising in parade - Businesses may: 1.) build a themed float or, 2.) become an Event Partner of the Murphysboro Apple Festival. Please call or email the Apple Festival Offices for more information on partnership opportunities - Phone: 618.684.3200 - Email:
  • No objects may be thrown from moving vehicles during the parade nor may vehicles stop to throw items!
  • No political units or political sponsors in the Grand Parade - The Parade Committee will continue the long-standing tradition of inviting the current Murphysboro Police Chief, Fire Chief, Mayor, City Aldermen and women, and the Jackson County Sheriff to participate in the parade by riding in vehicles at the front of the parade.
  • Reviewing Stand - Located at 13th Street and Walnut Street, on the north side of the intersection, as a part of the Arts & Crafts Fair entryway.
  • Float Judging - Please click on the link below for a sample form. Cash awards for top floats Sample Judging Form

Sample Judging Form 

2018 Grand Parade Results


  1. Jackson County Farm Bureua
  2. Liberty Theater
  3. John A. Logan Museum


  1. First Bank & Trust Co of Murphysboro
  2. Country Financial
  3. Silkworm


  1. New Life Tabernacle Church
  2. Elm Street Baptist Church
  3. Bost Family

Youth Groups/Classes

  1. St. Andrew School
  2. GJAL & Carruthers Schools
  3. Cub Scouts Pack 112

Queen's Award for Best Float

  • Jackson County Farm Bureau

Mayor's Award for Most Beautiful Float

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church & School

President of the Chamber of Commerce Award for Most Original Float

  • John A. Logan Museum


  1. Studio 84
  2. The Beautiful Ones Dance Team
  3. Trico Cheer Squad - Middle School

Marching Bands

Class B

  1. Cobden Jr. & Sr. High School
  2. Trico Jr. & Sr. High School
  3. Sesser-Valier High School
  4. Shawnee Jr. & Sr. High School

Drum Major: Trico
Auxiliary: Shawnee
Percussion: Cobden

Class A

  1. Pinckneyville HIgh School
  2. Kelly High School (Benton, Mo.)

Drum Major: Pinckneyvile
Auxiliary: Pinckneyville
Percussion: Pinckneyville

Class AA

  1. Harrisburg High School
  2. Centralia HIgh School
  3. Potosi High School

Drum Major: Harrisburg
Auxiliary: Harrisburg
Percussion: Potosi

Class AAA

  1. Waterloo High School
  2. Belleville West High School

Drum Major: Waterloo
Auxiliary: Waterloo
Percussion: Waterloo

Class Jr High/Middle School

  1. Pinckneyville Jr High School
  2. DuQuoin Middle School
  3. Anna-Jonesboro Jr. High School

Drum Major: Pinckneyville
Auxiliary: Pinckneyville
Percussion: Pinckneyville

Phone: 618.684.3200
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