Rockford’s Labor Day festivities include parade, pageant

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Rockford’s 62nd annual Labor Day Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1.

This year’s parade theme, as chosen by volunteer members of the Rockford Labor Day Committee, is “Standing United to Secure Our Future.” 

The annual Labor Day Parade will step off at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 1. Traffic will be impacted as follows:

• The parade will form at Seventh Street and Railroad, proceed north on Seventh Street to East State Street, west on State Street to Wyman Street, south on Wyman Street, ending at Cedar Street at Davis Park entrance. Street closures will begin one hour before the parade and smaller streets that intersect the route will also be closed during that time period.

• Police traffic control on arterials such as Second, Third, Sixth and Seventh streets will allow traffic to cross periodically, but traffic is urged to find alternate routes.

Labor Day festivities start with the Labor Day Queen Pageant Saturday, Aug. 30. The pageant begins at 6 p.m. at the UAW Hall, 112 N. Second St., in Rockford. Each local is encouraged to select one candidate for each of the pageant’s categories: Princess, ages 6-10; Young Miss, ages 11-15; Miss, ages 16-20; and Ms./Mrs., ages 21 and older. Participants are union members or relatives of union members.

Pageant tickets, which cover the cost of dinner and admission, are $20 each for adults, and free for children ages 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

This year’s parade starts at Seventh Street and Sixth Avenue, runs north to East State Street, and heads west to conclude at Davis Park on Wyman Street. The reviewing stand and bleachers are on Wyman Street near Davis Park.

Bob Bruski, a retiree of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 23, is this year’s parade grand marshal. Several high school bands and many local unions and organizations will be represented at this year’s event.

Call Trisha Welte at (815) 968-5400 or Rockford United Labor at (815) 968-1411, or e-mail for more information.

Posted Aug. 28, 2014

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