• Parade Staging Map
    Parade Staging Map


The Warren County Prime Beef Festival will again feature an opening parade down Broadway on the 1st Wednesday following Labor Day in Monmouth Illinois.  This annual event features well over an hour of free entertainment provided by a variety of floats, bands, clowns, dancers, automobiles and horses of all sorts.


Commercial: IH Mississippi Credit Union / Monmouth Crossing

Civic: Crime Stoppers

School: ICS

Religious: Maple City Baptist



1st: Knoxville

2nd: Alwood

3rd: United



Wells Fargo



All entries in the parade are asked to place their assigned Parade Entry Number on the right side of their entry. This is for the benefit of the judges. If you don't see your entry listed please call the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce at (309) 734-3181 for instructions


Awards will be presented at the Prime Beef Festival Stage at Monmouth Park (located just off Route 34 and North 11th Street) across the street from the Monmouth Airport. Presentations will be held on the Festival Stage around 6:30 or 7:00 PM.


1st Place: $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50
Best of Commercial, Civic, Schools & Religious: each $50
Best of Show: $25

Come early and make a day of it by shopping the downtown "Maple City" merchants around the Monmouth Square, then tour some of our historical attractions wait for the Parade to begin.  After the parade come out to our Festival grounds to enjoy our four days of fun.  Contact the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, (309) 734-3181, for the full list of "other" things to do while you are here.


The parade will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m.  The lineup for the parade will be at the West Park located on West Broadway. We ask that all bands please unload on West Broadway in front of West Park. We also ask you to be there no later than 4:00 p.m so not to interfere with the starting of the Prime Beef Run event at that time.



  • Grand Marshal

    Prime Beef Festival Parade 2017 Grand Marshal Judy Renken has been involved with the festival since the 1970s. [Ruth Kenney/GateHouse Media Illinois]

  • Theme

    The 2017 Warren County Prime Beef Festival theme is:



  • 2017 Parade Photo Archive

    Thank you to all the business, organizations and volunteers who participated in last season's 2016 Prime Beef Festival Parade. Parade Photos are here >

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