Everything was coming up Houby for Cicero and Berwyn at the beginning of October as the Houby Day Parade drew in more than 20,000 residents and visitors. Many more packed the festival throughough the four-day event, as the popularity of the Houby Festival this year prompted an additional day of celebration this year.
“Everyone was having a great time after the parade on Sunday and our kids had Monday off for Columbus Day, so it made sense to continue the fun for another day,” said Town President Larry Dominick.
The Houby Festival celebrates the Czech and Slovak heritage of the early 20th Century families who called Cicero and Berwyn home. The two communities band together for the annual celebration, which includes the Houby Day Parade that runs down Cermak Avenue.
This year’s parade grand marshall was a joint honor for the Cicero and Berwyn fire departments, honoring the first responders who come out at all hours to fight fires, provide emergency first aid, and a number of other duties to keep the towns safe.
“Our firefighters are top notch, deserving the highest respect and this special honor,” Dominick said.
Also featured in the parade was Alyssa Barrera, the 2017 Houby Queen. She was joined with her court just days after winning the crown. She was among the string of floats featuring school groups, community organizations, and local businesses.