Kids head out of the Parker Junior High parking lot to begin the annual Flossmoor 4th of July parade on Tuesday. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
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Flossmoor kids’ 4th of July bike parade gains new enthusiast

Little Teyjus Kalokhe of Flossmoor made the hot journey on his scooter from Parker Junior High to the traffic island on Sterling Avenue in his first Flossmoor 4th of July Kids’ Bike Parade. He was accompanied by his parents, Kapil and Veronica Kalokhe, and grandparents, Urmi and Pradeep Kalokhe.

Teyjus was most impressed with the fire department trucks providing escort for the annual parade, according to his dad.

“It was awesome. He was mesmerized by all the kids, fire trucks, bikes,” Kapil said.

Teyjus Kalokhe, in the blue helmet, prepares to get on his scooter and join the Flossmoor 4th of July parade with help from his dad, Kapil Kalokhe. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
Teyjus Kalokhe, in the blue helmet, prepares to get on his scooter and join the Flossmoor 4th of July parade with help from his dad,
Kapil Kalokhe. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

Kapil, an alum of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, said the family has lived in Flossmoor since 1988, so he is a veteran of many local parades.

The festivities continued with Mayor Michelle Nelson complimenting the kids on their bike decorations.

“Kids, your bikes looked incredible,” she said.

Kids head out of the Parker Junior High parking lot to begin the annual Flossmoor 4th of July parade on Tuesday. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
Kids head out of the Parker Junior High parking lot to begin the annual Flossmoor 4th of July parade on Tuesday. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

Nelson recognized former Mayor Paul Braun, who is president of the Flossmoor Veterans Memorial (FVM) organization, and Kris Condon, spokeswoman for FVM. At the village’s Memorial Day event, Condon announced that the fundraising campaign had reached its goal and the memorial would be built.

Nelson announced Tuesday that the groundbreaking ceremony would be at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the memorial site, the southwest corner of Flossmoor Park.

Nelson’s daughter, Kammi, sang the national anthem. 

The kids on bikes decorated in red, white and blue make the turn from Flossmoor Road to Sterling Avenue under a large American flag. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
The kids on bikes decorated in red, white and blue make the turn from Flossmoor Road to Sterling Avenue under a large American flag. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
Kids head south on Sterling Avenue to the traffic circle, where Independence Day festivities continued following the parade. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
Kids head south on Sterling Avenue to the traffic circle, where Independence Day festivities continued following the parade. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
Kammi Nelson sings the national anthem at Flossmoor's 4th of July celebration on Tuesday. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
Kammi Nelson sings the national anthem at Flossmoor’s 4th of July celebration on Tuesday. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
Adults and some of the younger children in the parade follow behind the kids on bicycles and scooters. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
Adults and some of the younger children in the parade follow behind the kids on bicycles and scooters. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
Kapil Kalokhe, left, describes his son's reaction to the 4th of July parade, the first for young Teyjus. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
Kapil Kalokhe, left, describes his son’s reaction to the 4th of July parade, the first for young Teyjus. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

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