Rockford’s Labor Day Parade starts at 10 a.m., Sept. 5, and features new route
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Rockford United Labor will host the 59th Annual Labor Day Parade beginning at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 5, in downtown Rockford. The parade will have a new route this year.
The parade begins at Sixth Avenue and Seventh Street, turns west on East State Street, turns south on Wyman Street and ends at Davis Park.
The reviewing stand and bleachers will be just outside of Davis Park. Mrs., Miss and Princess of the 2011 Rockford Labor Day Parade will be crowned at the reviewing stand immediately following the parade.
A float contest will be held at 7:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 5, in the Harris Bank Employee Parking Lot (northwest corner of Sixth Street and Fifth Avenue) for all registered floats. Judges this year are Alex Wehrley from WREX; Kimberly Nelson from FOX39; Peter Ricker, publisher of the Rockford Register Star; a reporter from WIFR; and Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato.
Winners will be announced immediately following the contest. The first-, second- and third-place winners will receive a trophy and placement ribbon to be displayed on the float throughout the parade route.
This year’s parade grand marshal is Amedeo Giorgi. He has recently resigned from President of Rockford United Labor after more than 35 years of service. He has been named president emeritus. He was the first recipient of the Person of the Year from the Northwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council.
Giorgi has been involved with 16th District COPE, the Winnebago County Democrats, the Winnebago County Board and the United Way of Rock River Valley.
This year’s theme is “Unions Standing Strong Together.”
Call AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison and Labor Day Committee Secretary Trisha Welte at (815) 986-4822 for more details.
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