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ROCK ISLAND — The 34th annual Rock Island Labor Day Parade will step off at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Rock Island’s newly crowned Citizen of the Year Eudell Watts III will serve as grand marshal for the parade. More than 120 entries have registered, with many based on this year’s theme of “Love where you live!”

The parade will feature a variety of musical entries, including a record number of eight flatbed bands from across the Quad Cities. Groups include YoYo y Yo, the Glenview Middle School Mariachi band and the Rock Island High School Orchestra.

Also returning are the Big River Brass Band, DorkStar Landing, Sheltered

Reality, Ashley Dean and friends, and Phyllis and the Sharks.

Marching bands from St. Ambrose University, Rock Island High School and Alleman High School also are planned, along with the Black Hawk Pipes and Drums and MetroSteppers from the Martin Luther King Center’s Metropolitan Youth Program.

The parade starts near Washington Junior High School at 18th Avenue and 33rd Street, traveling west along 18th Avenue, turning south at 24th Street and west on 25th Avenue before disbands into the Rock Island High School parking lots.

Several businesses along the route will be offering food and drinks to parade watchers.

The first Rock Island Labor Day Parade was held in 1985 as part of the city’s sesquicentennial celebration. Over the past 33 years, the parade has grown to an average of 120 entries and thousands of spectators.

For more details contact Art Milton at 309-788-6157 or Mary Chappell at 309-269-7944. A parade route map is online at rigov.org.

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