Bolingbrook Shines During 2016 Pathways Parade

Illinois Aviation Museum's Thunderbirds make their annual appearance at the Bolingbrook Pathways Parade. (Laura Katauskas | Bugle Staff)

It was a sweet treat for residents who lined the streets of Bolingbrook Sunday for its annual Pathways Parade.

More than 100 participants, including a host of community organizations, schools, churches and local politicians walked in this year’s parade, its theme the Sweet 16.

Deputy Mayor LeRoy Brown, with his family nearby, served as the Grand Marshall, and special attendees included the female and male citizens of the year, Cindy Rambeaux and Lawrence Cooper, and the family of the year.

Rambeaux, called one of “scouting’s finest,” began her involvement with scouts more than 30 years ago and remains dedicated to its program. Long committed to community involvement, Rambeaux is also known as the Christmas Elf and has participated in the Bolingbrook’s 50th anniversary committee.

A 25-five year resident of Bolingbrook, Cooper was recognized for his commitment in bringing new opportunities to the community. Despite unfavorable odds, Cooper, revitalized an area of town, taking an older vacant building and turned it into Coop’s Den, a restaurant (at Boughton Road and Route 53) dedicated to a new following of jazz lovers. In addition, he has spearheaded a new event for the town, Juneteenth, now with plans for an even larger event coming on its third anniversary.

Inspiring others to catch the spirit, Mike and Marcy Cosgrove have been involved with youth sports and the Bolingbrook Lions Club for several years. Both of have worked tirelessly supporting the Bolingbrook Trojans and community basketball, serving as board members and leaders of the athletic association. They have two sons, Michael who graduated from Bolingbrook High School in 2015 and Sonny who is a freshman at BHS.

The parade concluded at the Town Center where a minifest was held including food and music.

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