The return of the parade ends the celebrations of the Swedish Days of Geneva

The long-awaited return of a full Swedish Days festival to Geneva ended on Sunday with dozens of parades through the city’s downtown as hundreds of spectators lined the streets and cheered them on.

It was a fitting end to the 72nd annual festival, which was canceled in 2020 and scaled back last year — without a parade — due to the pandemic.

Known as “The Granddaddy of Illinois Festivals,” organizers expected more than 200,000 visitors during the five-day event that celebrates the city’s Swedish heritage.

Besides the parade, highlights included live musical performances, food from local restaurants, carnival rides and games, a car show, and plenty of opportunities for visitors to learn about the city’s Scandinavian roots.