Mayor Lori Lightfoot Marches in Hyde Park's July Fourth Parade

Mike Krauser
July 04, 2019 - 3:37 pm

Steve Miller (WBBM Newsradio)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot celebrated her first Fourth of July as Chicago mayor by participating in Hyde Park's annual Independence Day parade on the city's South Side.

The "Fourth on 53rd" parade is a 25-year tradition in the neighborhood around the University of Chicago and by tradition, most people are marchers, not spectators. 

Mayor Lightfoot was cheered as she strolled the route through the neighborhood, joined by local residents and elected officials. 

"The people in Hyde Park are wonderful," she said. "It's a great diverse neighborhood and a great place to be on the Fourth of July." 

The Mayor said the parade and the neighborhood have a small town feel. 

Attendees were able to play games, including the balloon toss, which lent to the Americana atmosphere. 

Lightfoot weighed in on the controversial festivities in Washington, D.C., noting she lived there for a couple of years and said, the July Fourth celebration "is a time of patriotism and families gathering and it should not be politicized under any circumstances." 

She went on to say, "I'm disappointed that the President has chosen to do that. It's a waste of resources to have planes and other resources that the Park Service had to divert.  It's not the thing that should be happening when we're reflecting on the great values that we have in America." 

The mayor marched at one point with statuesque Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who was decked out as the Statue of Liberty. Last April, Lightfoot defeated Preckwinkle in a heated campaign to become the city's 56th mayor. 

Lightfoot, herself, was more understated, wearing a red golf shirt, red, white and blue beads and a sparkling red and blue baseball cap.  

"This is about as outrageous as I'll get," she said.