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Sunday, July 14, 2024

Century Walk: ‘Parade of the Century’


With the Fourth of July Independence Day this month, it might be time to reflect on something that we all seem to take for granted – our freedom.

Century Walk has consistently paid tribute to our freedoms and the people who earned them and continue to serve to keep us free. Yearly there are parades, and should you attend one this year, you might want to go over to Century walk location #41 titled “Naperville Loves a Parade.”

Friends and families are known to take fun photos as a way to become pictured in the mural, “Naperville Loves a Parade”! (PN Photo)

Once there you will see over 300 of Naperville‘s finest parade fans watching a parade – #38 “Parade of the Century.”

Note former Jaycees bucket shaker, Al DeGeeter, depicted in the red, white and blue patriotic shorts. Find many familiar faces in the crowd of spectators. (PN Photo)

And should you have some more time on your hands you might wish to see many of the other public art locations nearby.

“Naperville Loves a Parade” celebrates freedom and the salute of a Naperville Marine. (PN Photo)

To help you in finding them, we have our public art guide which you can locate by going to www.CenturyWalk-ArtGuide.org.

Find two Century Walk murals— one with spectators appearing to watch the other with marchers in the Parade of the Century— facing each other in the alley just off Main Street between Jackson and Jefferson avenues in downtown Naperville. Familiar faces are fun to find! (PN Photo)

About Century Walk

Since 1996, somebody pictured in “Naperville Loves a Parade” has been watching over the growth of Century Walk, one piece of public art at a time. (PN Photo)

The Century Walk Corporation, founded in 1996, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing public art to Naperville, to add beauty to the town, build community and bridge generations by paying tribute to over 200 years of Naperville history through a diverse collection of murals, mosaics, sculptures and more.

Learn more about 50-plus pieces of Naperville public art at www.centurywalk.org or www.centurywalk-artguide.org.

Find copies of the Century Walk Public Art Guide at the Naperville Art League Gallery, Naperville Municipal Center and Hotel Indigo. Then take the tour! (PN Photo)

Editor’s Note / Back in 2014, PN cameras watched as “Naperville Loves a Parade” came to life.

Known for her paintings of local landscapes, artist Marianne Lisson Kuhn carefully brush stroked the setting for the colorful mural, “Naperville Loves a Parade,” in downtown Naperville. (PN Photo 2014)
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