The Greater Madison County Federation of Labor is planning its annual parades.
An almost two-week-long 2016 Labor Day Celebration for the Federation began on Wednesday, Aug. 24, with the beginning games of the James Stanley Memorial Charity Softball Tournament (which concludes on Saturday). Then, the Alton/Wood River Union Family Parade steps off at 10 a.m. from the Alton Middle School (the old high school pit area) on Saturday, Aug. 27.
Following the parade is a private picnic in Gordon F. Moore Community Park open to union members and their families. (Participants are required to have wrist bands.)
Closing out the celebration will be the 36th Annual Tri-City Labor Day Parade stepping off in downtown Granite City at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 5, followed by a one-mile march to Wilson Park for another private family picnic.
Greater Madison County Federation of Labor President B. Dean Webb said Alton parade formation begins setting up that Saturday at 8 a.m. Members are encouraged to wear their colors and bring their signs.
The Granite City Parade assembly begins at 8 a.m. on State Street between Niedringhaus Avenue and 18th Street.