Alton – As in most years, the Labor Day season will kick off early with the Alton/Wood River Union Family Parade on Saturday, Aug. 29, sponsored by the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the old Alton High School on College Avenue. It will proceed eastward on College to a right turn onto Washington Avenue, followed by a left on Edwards Street.
That will take the parade to a left turn onto Main Street, which it will follow northward to a left on Amelia Street and then another left to head back south on Washington. It will turn right on College to end back where it started.
Parade assembly will begin at 8 a.m. in the pit area of the old high school.
A picnic will follow at Gordon F. Moore Community Park, with food and refreshment for all union members, their families and guests who have a wrist band that will be provided upon request.
For more information, contact Rick Wieckhorst at (618) 254-1395 or B. Dean Webb at (618) 259-8558.
The Federation will also be holding its annual James Stanley Memorial Charity Labor Day Softball Tournament, from Aug. 26 to Aug. 29 in Gordon Moore Park. Team entry is $150. A captains’ meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19. To enter, contact Dean Webb.
On Labor Day itself, the Federation will have the 35th annual Tri-City Labor Day Parade marching from downtown Granite City to Wilson Park at 10 a.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 7, followed by a picnic with music, speeches and kids’ activities.
Contributions for any of the events can be sent to Webb at 161 Shamrock St., East Alton IL 62024.