Longtime Festival of Lights volunteer dies

Mar 4, 2014

Wallace "Wally" Jaquet
The man who helped design a majority of the floats in East Peoria’s Festival of Lights parade has died. Wally Jaquet passed away over the weekend at the age of 90. He’s been involved with the festival since its inception 30-years ago. East Peoria spokeswoman Jill Peterson says he helped design, weld and wire 40 floats over the years.

“He had so many great ideas. He would see a toy and think that can be a parade float, and really just made the magic come alive. He was a great East Peoria booster, a great Festival of Lights volunteer and we’re really going to miss him a lot.”

Peterson says Jaquet was still volunteering to prepare for the next Festival of Lights Parade up until a couple of weeks ago. The float replicating the Disney robot “Wall-E” was purposely named for Wally Jaquet.