Illinois Labor Day events begin Aug. 22

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STEELWORKERS will have much to celebrate with reopening of U.S. Steel at this year’s Tri-City Labor Day Parade Sept. 3 in Granite City. – Labor Tribune photo

Team Applications for James Stanley Memorial Charity Softball Tournament due Aug. 15

Labor Day once again will be celebrated throughout the St. Louis area with parades, picnics and athletic events, but this year, there will be something more – campaigning for the Nov. 7 general election.

MADISON COUNTY SOFTBALL, PARADES

Festivities of the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor will run for almost two weeks, beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 22 with opening games of the James Stanley Memorial Charity Softball Tournament, which will conclude on Saturday, Aug. 25. The winning union local traditionally gets to choose which charity will benefit.

Team applications are due Aug. 15. Contact Dean Webb at (618) 259-8558 or Mike Fultz at (618) 409-4314 to participate. Attendance prizes are also needed.

Parades are planned as follows:

ALTON-WOOD RIVER

The Alton-Wood River Union Family Parade steps off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 from the parking area at Alton Middle School, 2200 College Ave. and will then proceed eastwardly and loop back. A picnic will follow at Gordon Moore Community Park with live music, children’s games, balloon artists, plus food and drink free with wristbands to be provided by union locals.

GRANITE CITY

On Labor Day itself, Sept. 3, the 38th annual Tri-City Labor Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. along 18th Street in downtown Granite City and proceed one mile to Wilson Park for a picnic with speeches, food and refreshments and children’s activities, plus the awarding of trophies for parade entries, including Best Float, Best Community Group, Best Marching Band, and Best Marching Union.

Frank Comoromi and the Mannpower Band will perform.

Madison County Transit will provide free shuttle service every 15 minutes starting at 8 a.m. from the park to the start of the parade.

The Federation is asking local unions to contribute $1 per member or whatever they can afford to help pay for the events, to Greater Madison County Federation of Labor, c/o/ B. Dean Webb, president; 161 Shamrock St., East Alton IL 62024.

BELLEVILLE PARADE AND PICNIC

The Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council Labor Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 3, along South 1st Street for a march through downtown Belleville. The annual picnic will follow at Hough Park with music, rides and food and drink.

The final Labor Day Committee meeting will be at 7 p.m., Aug. 23 at Laborers 459 Hall on North 17th Street in Belleville. All vehicles, floats, tractors, trailers and ATVs must be union-made and U.S.-made. For insurance reasons, dogs, motorcycles and home-made go-carts are not allowed in the parade or at the picnic.

For information, contact Council President Scot Luchtefeld at (618) 340-8300.

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