"There is just something amazing about the giant balloons. Volunteering on the balloon crew puts a permanent smile on your face, as well as the faces of the children and adults having a great time at the parade."
-- John Hipolito, Volunteer Balloon Committee Vice-Chairperson
"You get to actually be a part of the parade! It's really cool that as you carry a sponsorship banner, you know that you're beeing seen by millions watching on the street or at home on TV."
-- Ezzie Velasco, Volunteer Banner Carrier Committee Chairperson
"Want the best view of the parade? Become a Block Marshal! Block Marshal’s have the very important job of keeping the parade going at the right pace. In addition to this, they keep people watching the parade safe on the sidewalks, and best of all, they get to see the entire parade."
-- Kristine Borcz, Volunteer Block Marshal Committee Chairperson
"We have a crucial role in the parade. With the parade being on live TV, we have to make sure that each of the pariticipants make their way from the TV Zone to their unloading area. Can't have a back-up during live TV now!"
-- Perri Nyberg, Volunteer Disband Committee Chairperson
"If you are a people person, you will love being a merchandise volunteer. Not only will you get to meet a lot of people, the fact that you are handing out some really great stuff means that people will be looking for you!"
-- Ellen Melo-Waak, Volunteer Merchandise Committee Chairperson
"Chatting with some of the parade spectators as the parade goes down the route is a great experience. You can feel the excitment that this parade brings them. Being able to help create a safe environment for family's watching the parade is something I will never forget."
-- Brittany Johnson, Parade Volunteer
"Being a volunteer and doing something I enjoy made being part of the photography team
a no brainer for me. It gave me a chance to meet others who enjoy taking pictures and learn from
people that have other skills. It also gave me a chance to see the other side of what goes into the
making and producing of the parade.”
-- Ed Cook, Volunteer Photography Committee Chairperson
“Being a Poo Crew Volunteer is much more than the obvious job duties. You get to really ham it up, decorate your cart, and have a ton of fun being a focal point in the parade. It's about fun, and nobody has more fun than us.”
-- Cathy Mitchel, Volunteer Poo Crew Committee Co-Chairperson
"Members of staging help keep the ‘pre-parade’ area ready for the start of the parade. By taking part in this volunteer position you have the opportunity to meet a variety of performers behind the scenes, and assist in getting them into the correct order for their big performance."
-- Christine Bromley, Volunteer Staging Committee Co-Chair
Street Painting Crew
"It's amazing that you literally transform a historic section of the city. You can definitely notice your work on the television broadcast - the logo we paint just pops out."
-- Dan Mulka, Street Painter
"It's fun getting to see your work in the parade, as plain as day. Whether you help set-up the dasher wall, help on the painting crew, or anything else, you can say 'I did that.'."
-- Keith Johnson, Volunteer Tech Crew Committee Chair
"You get to see the excitement on the performers faces, as they get ready to create millions of smiles. It's the beginning of something magical, as you know the crowd is going to love every minute."
-- Dan Mulka, Chicago Festival Association
"Working with the Block Marshals and the different performance groups, you get to see the parade as a bigger picture. When everyone works together, and the unit liasion is a crucial part of this, its makes the parade world-class."
-- Robert Hilliard, Unit Liaisons
VIP / Hospitality
"You're part of it all. Making sure the VIP's get into the TV Zone as efficient as possible, helping to make sure the food is ready for them, and getting the crowd riled up for three hours of amazing performances. You get to see it all too, including the first-hour performances that only take place in the TV Zone."
-- Fannie Mance, Volunteer VIP / Hospitality Committee Co-Chair
"Volunteer Check-in Volunteers give their time and services to greet 99% of the volunteers for this awesome event. You will meet and assist a wide variety of people on parade day. Not only that, but you have the opportunity to develop skills in customer service, leadership, communication and much more."
-- Nancy Wright-Redeaux, Volunteer Check-In Committee Co-Chair