“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.