Work is in high gear in Springfield as members of the Coalition of Rainbow Alliances (CORAL) prepare for their eleventh appearance in the Illinois State’s Fair Twilight Parade, on Thursday August 13 th.
Once again, the Illinois GLBT community will be represented by two parade units. “We started in 2005 with a float, which was joined by community members walking behind it, “explained CORAL‘s Parade Events Coordinator, Bert Morton.
As plans were made for CORAL’s 2006 twilight parade appearance, work began on creating the Central Illinois Rainbow Flag Corps. Drawing on talents from all parts of the community, the Flag Corp has appeared as honor guard for each of CORAL’s prize winning floats in the fair’s twilight parade, and Springfield’s Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade. Members of the Corps have also served as Santa’s honor guard in the annual Springfield Jaycees Christmas Parade.
For the 2015 parade, Flag Personnel have prepared a different routine to accompany CORAL’s salute to Illinois agriculture. As they have in two other years, they are dropping the flag and are creating a silly routine to provide the parade crowd with a good laugh.
The twilight parade’s 2015 theme “Growing Illinois” has inspired CORAL’s float designers to create a salute to all of Illinois’ illustrious agricultural history. A giant barn and John Deere tractor promise fair goers a visit to Illinois’s diverse food, and flower agricultural machine.
The CORAL float crew will be meeting regularly before the parade, and has set a 6 week construction schedule for the float. It is also seeking volunteers to help create another prize winner for the community.
Monetary donations are also being sought to help pay for float supplies and flag corp. expenses.
Contact: Michael Johnson (217) 525-6595
For construction scheduling and information on donations (including salvage building materials)
Donations can be sent to:
The Coalition of Rainbow Alliances
PO Box 9721
Springfield, Illinois, 62791