27-May-12 It was no secret that this years Memorial Day Parade was led by David Petraeus, the current director of the CIA and formerly a top U.S. military commander in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before the parade, Patraeus, along with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn, participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at nearby Daley Plaza. These images were captured at Wacker Drive and Dearborn Street. The parade traditionally uses Wacker Drive as a staging area. Groups line up, then turn south on State Street.
(Above) A large American flag carried by members of VFW 5079 passes Marina City on Saturday during Chicagos Memorial Day Parade. (Click on images to view larger versions.)
|(Above) Along with Air Force ROTC cadets, members of VFW 5079 wait on Wacker Drive for the parade to begin.
||(Above) A wedding party makes the best of a delay, posing in front of a vintage police car.
A large American flag passes Marina City.
ROTC cadets march east on Wacker Drive.
And a Chicago Police SWAT vehicle drives by.