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East Dundee paves way for Dundee-Crown homecoming parade along Route 72

Updated: October 1, 2013 6:27AM

EAST DUNDEE — The village board has given the go-ahead for the temporary closure of Route 72 to accommodate Dundee-Crown High School’s homecoming parade next month.

Initially, East Dundee Police Chief Terry Mee expressed concerns about additional closures of Route 72 beyond the parades already scheduled throughout the year, including those for Dickens In Dundee, St. Patrick’s Day and Memorial Day.

He said East Dundee’s streets were not constructed for the extra traffic sent their way when the major throughway is closed.

This year’s homecoming parade, set for 2 p.m. Sept. 15, will coincide with West Dundee’s Heritage Fest activities, set for Friday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Sept. 15.

Some East Dundee board members had suggested the towns where students at Dundee-Crown come from switch off on hosting the parade. Those include West Dundee and Carpentersville.

Village President Lael Miller agreed with Mee’s concerns. He said East Dundee officials plan to reach out to the other towns discuss the issue “at some point in the future.”

“Right now, we’re working on last-minute details for all of Heritage Fest, and it’s something we won’t get to until after that settles,” he said.

For the first time in decades, East Dundee will host a carnival downtown to go with West Dundee’s Heritage Fest activities. Besides the carnival, East Dundee also will host live music, a beer garden and vendors.

Miller said East Dundee is happy to host the parade.

“We’re big supporters of District 300 and Dundee-Crown and love to see the homecoming parade in town,” he said.

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