Septemberfest Parade

Septemberfest Parade

Join UPS for DownS to help spread awareness and community involvement, as we march each year in the Schaumburg Septemberfest Parade. Next to the high school bands, we have one of the largest number of participants in this parade.

Each year’s theme is different, so this presents a lot of opportunity to tap into the creative side of your abilities to help build our float.  If creativity is not one of your greater strengths, then come and march with us to hand out candy as we help increase awareness within the community. Bring your wagon, strollers and comfortable shoes as we walk this easy mile.

It is so rewarding to see the excitement of the people on the sidelines as they recognize their friends with Down syndrome on our float – and to hear them holler out their names and point our kids out to their friends and family.

The Parade is held on Labor Day. For specific parade kickoff time and location or to volunteer in the planning or building of the float please email or call (847) 895-2100.

Do people with Down syndrome grow up?

Yes. In adulthood, many people with Down syndrome have jobs, go to college, live independently, and support their communities. People with Down syndrome bring to their jobs enthusiasm, reliability, and dedication.

Can I help my Friend?

Yes! Play with and talk to people with Down syndrome. If they are having trouble playing a game, give them time and a little extra help or ask them what game they would like to play. Be clear in what you are saying. Find out what your friend likes to do. Just hang out together and see what happens. You are more alike than you are different.