SG Bike Parade to take place despite absence of Jo-Jo the Clown
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Independence Day Bike Parade will miss Jo-Jo the Clown (Karen McCannon) this year, but backing her up will be a fellow clown who is no stranger to the annual Bike Parade and celebration: Calico Rose.
McCannon will miss the gala due to a personal issue.
Cruising around in the “Clown Victoria,” a modified golf cart accessorized with a rubber nose and eye lashes, Calico Rose anticipates the range in age of participants. From small children to “big kids” in their 80s, the bike parade is always a fiesta of fun.
“The bike parade is Sugar Grove at its finest,” Rose said. “I am always so excited to see the reaction of the kids when we first arrive. We have small children to women in their 80s riding bikes out there.”
In addition to kicking off the 4th of July festivities, Jo-Jo is asking participants of the parade to bring a jar of peanut butter, spaghetti sauce or one dollar to donate to the Sugar Grove Between Friends Food Pantry. A member of the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Between Friends Food Pantry helps support hungry neighbors by way of food, sundries and household items. Partnering with food manufacturers, farmers and businesses to aid network partners like the Sugar Grove Food Pantry, the Northern Illinois Food Bank is committed to solving the hunger problem for the last 30 years.
Besides raising food for Between Friends Food Pantry, Jo-Jo formed HOPE (Humor Opens Possibilities Everywhere) Clown Ministry with fellow clown friends Calico Rose, Tiny T. and Mr. Mumbles at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church.
“The parade has a little bit of everything for everybody,” Rose said. “We all need a little fun and to celebrate our patriotism.”
Residents are invited to march, walk, or ride in the parade, which will begin at John Shields Elementary School, 85 Main St. in Sugar Grove. Line up is at 12:30 p.m., and the parade will begin at 1 p.m.