St. Louis Labor Day Parade steps off at 9 a.m. Monday

IBEW LOCAL 1, which is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its founding, will lead off this year’s Greater St. Louis Labor Council’s annual Labor Day Parade Sept. 5 in downtown St. Louis. – Labor Tribune file photo

This year’s theme: ‘We Are Union & We Vote!’

The Greater St. Louis Labor Council’s Labor Day Parade will step off at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5 on Olive at 15th Street in downtown St. Louis.

This year’s parade theme is “We Are Union & We Vote!”

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

The parade will step off at 9 a.m. led by the mayor, police chief and fire chief, and immediately followed by a horse-drawn trolley with 20 members of the Musicians Association of St. Louis Local 2-197, and proceed east on Olive at 15th to Tucker Blvd., south on Tucker to Market Street, then west on Market to 15th.


The remaining parade line-up from front to back

  • IBEW Locals 1, 2, 4, 1439 and IUOE Local 148
  • AFT St. Louis Local 420
  • Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562
  • Operating Engineers Local 513
  • Heat and Frost Insulators Local 1 and Bricklayers Local 1
  • UFCW Locals 88, 655 and Gas Workers Local 11-6, 11-194
  • Decorators and Displaymen Local 39
  • Iron Workers Local 396
  • Laborers Locals 42, 110 and 660
  • Stagehands Local 6
  • Sprinkler Fitters Local 268
  • Roofers Local 2
  • Postal Workers St. Louis Gateway Local 8 and Letter Carriers Branch 343
  • St. Louis Police Officers’ Association
  • Teamsters Locals 6, 600, 610, 618, 682, 688 and GCC/IBT Local 6-505M
  • Painters District Council 58 and Glaziers Local 513
  • CWA Local 6300 and CWA City Council
  • Machinists District 9 and Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 837, Lodge A
  • Elevator Constructors Local 3
  • Firefighters Local 2665, West County EMS and St. Louis Firefighters Local 73
  • Studio Mechanics Local 493
  • SEIU Healthcare and SEIU Local 1
  • Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
  • United Auto Workers Locals 2250 and 282
  • Carpenters Regional Council
  • AFGE Local 96
  • Boilermakers Local 27
  • ATU Local 788
  • Cement Masons Local 527
  • SMART Local 36

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Metro East will have three Labor Day parades again this year

Labor Day will be celebrated in three ways in the Metro East this year, as in most years, with parades and celebrations in Alton, Belleville and Granite City.

The Greater Madison County Federation of Labor sponsors two of the events.


The season for celebrating Labor unity actually began with the James Stanley Memorial Charity Softball Tournament, starting Wednesday, Aug. 24. Unions from throughout the region were invited to send teams to the tournament, held at Gordon Moore Community Park.

The Alton parade was held on Saturday, Aug. 27, with a picnic following at Gordon Moore Park. Look for parade and picnic photos in the Sept. 15 edition of the Labor Tribune.


The Granite City events begin with the 36th annual Tri-City Labor Day Parade, at 10 a.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 5, beginning downtown on State Street, between Niedringaus and 18th Street, and proceeding to Wilson Park, where the picnic will be held. The event will include live music, speeches, food, refreshments and kids’ activities.

Awards will be given for best float, largest union, best marching band, best marching union and best community group. Frank Comoromi and the Mannpower Band will perform.

Greater Madison County Federation of Labor President B. Dean Webb said participating locals make the events possible.

“The success of our parades and picnics and other events hosted by the Federation is largely due to the generosity of our affiliates in organized labor, area businesses and friends,” he said. “We ask that affiliated locals consider a donation to help offset the costs with these events at $1 per member or whatever your local union can afford. With your continued support this year, we will be able to maintain our festivities that help to enhance our entire region.”


Meanwhile, the Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council is proceeding with plans for the annual Belleville Labor Day Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. on South First Street, passes through downtown Belleville and ends at Hough Park, where the annual celebration picnic is held.

Food and drink tickets are $1. The first 500 ride tickets are free and will be given out two at a time. Two beer tents will be open, and a band will perform.

The theme of the parade is unity, so campaigning for local union office is not allowed. COPE-endorsed politicians march only by specific invitation.


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