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The annual Riverbend edition of the Labor Day parade has been moved from Upper Alton to East Alton and Wood River. The change is an attempt to attract more residents and families. The Greater Madison County Federation of Labor says the route will take the parade past more homes and parade organizers invite them to come out and watch this Saturday August 24.
The previous route was in Upper Alton, similar to the route of the Memorial Day parade, but a third of it passed businesses. The new route is just over a mile long, but will begin at the Wood River Roundhouse and travel north through neighborhoods and other residential areas to the Wilshire Village shopping center in East Alton. Line up will be at 8am with the parade stepping off at 10am. The annual picnic and softball tournament that follows the parade will still be held at Gordon Moore Park in Alton. The Riverbend parade is held a week early to not conflict with the annual Labor Day parades in Granite City, Belleville and St. Louis.