Opportunities galore to celebrate working families at this year’s Labor Day parades and picnics

By TIM ROWDEN
Managing Editor

THE WOOD RIVER/EAST ALTON UNION FAMILY PARADE will step off at 10 a.m. on Aug. 27, followed by the Union Family Picnic in Gordon Moore Community Park. The picnic will include live music, children’s games, balloon artists and free food and drinks. – Labor Tribune file photo

After two back-to-back years of having Labor Day parades canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the fun returns this year with events in St. Louis, Granite City and Belleville, among others.

MADISON COUNTY FEDERATION OF LABOR
• Madison County Federation of Labor will kick-off the festivities prior to Labor Day staring on Wednesday, Aug. 24, with the beginning games of the James Stanley Memorial Charity Softball Tournament at Gordon F. Moore Community Park in Alton, Ill. The  tournament will conclude on Saturday, Aug. 27, with the winning team selecting the recipient of the prize money and receiving the “traveling trophy” for display in their union hall.

• Wood River/East Alton Union Family Parade will step off at 10 a.m. on the 27th, followed by the Union Family Picnic in Gordon Moore Community Park. The picnic will include live music, children’s games, balloon artists and free food and drinks.
Parade assembly will begin at 8 a.m. at the Wood River Round House parking lot. Madison County Transit will provide FREE shuttle service from the parking lot to the start of the parade and bring participants back as needed until everyone is gone.

SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL

• The Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council parade in downtown Belleville, will step off at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5 in the fourth block of South 1st St., and end at Hough Park with the annual Picnic. The parade and picnic are open to union members and their families. Food, beverages, rides and games for kids are available.

• The 42nd Annual Tri-City Labor Day Parade and Picnic will step off at 10 a.m. on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5. Parade assembly will begin at 8 a.m. in downtown Granite City on State Street between Niedringhaus and 18th Street. The parade will end Wilson Park with a Union Family and Friends Picnic including music, speeches, children’s games, food and refreshments.

The Federation asks that affiliated locals consider a donation to help offset the costs of the events at $1 per member or whatever the local can afford.

THE ST. LOUIS LABOR COUNCIL LABOR DAY PARADE will be held in downtown St. Louis on Monday, Sept. 5. The parade will step off at 9 a.m. on Olive Blvd. at 15th Street. – Labor Tribune file photo

ST. LOUIS LABOR DAY PARADE
The St. Louis Labor Council Labor Day Parade will be held in downtown St. Louis on Monday, Sept. 5.

Groups will start forming at 7 a.m. on Olive Boulevard between Jefferson and 15th streets.

The parade will step off at 9 a.m. at Olive Boulevard and 15th Street led by Musicians Local 2-197, Grand Marshall, Color Guard, United Way, Clergy, Police and Fire Chiefs, Mayor and County Executive and follow a route east on Olive Boulevard to Tucker Boulevard, south on Tucker Boulevard to Market Street and west on Market to 15th Street.

Union locals celebrating anniversaries this year will lead the line-up:

  • 125th – IBEW Local 2
  • 90th – Operating Engineers Locals 513/148
  • 25th – IATSE Local 493

Locals and affiliates that celebrated anniversaries last year, when COVID canceled the parade:

  • 100th – CBTU St. Louis Chapter 
  • 50th – Letter Carriers/Postal Workers
  • 50th – Machinists Lodge 777/Dist. 9

Followed by:

  • Fire Fighters 73
  • IATSE 493
  • Postal Workers
  • Machinists
  • UFCW
  • Gas Workers
  • CWA
  • Sprinkler Fitters
  • Roofers
  • Painters
  • Plumbers/Pipefitters
  • IBEW 1, 1439,1455, 4
  • AFGE 2192, 3354, 109
  • Stagehands
  • Insulators
  • Laborers 42, 110, 660
  • SEIU Healthcare
  • Cement Masons
  • Boilermakers
  • UNITE HERE
  • Aerospace 837
  • Elevator Constructors
  • Iron Workers
  • UAW
  • Drill Team
  • Teamsters

 

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