Houby Day: A Cultural and Communal Tradition

Maya Miller, Staff Writer


The annual Houby Day Parade was celebrated this year on October 10th, 2021 in Cicero along Cermak Road. According to thetownofcicero.com, “Houby is the Czech/Slovak word for mushrooms, and it symbolizes a common experience for many cultures, the Fall Harvest. Czechs and Slovaks came to Chicagoland in the middle of the 19th Century, consisting of people from the old Hapsburg Empire in Europe, a Roman Catholic community consisting of Czechs, Slovaks, Bohemians and Moravians.” Around 25,000 people a year attend The Houby Day Parade, which is the finale of the weekend long Houby Day Festival. The parade consists of tons of floats, groups, costumes, local celebrities, and more!

As usual, #Mortonpride was evident at the parade, as the Morton Marching band and a number of athletic and extracurricular clubs and activities participated in the day’s events. Here’s a quick look at some of the sights and scenes at Houby Day.