Bicentennial parade to step off Friday

April 24, 2014 

Belleville's Bicentennial Float Parade will be at 7 p.m. today.

The parade route will be 17th and West Main Street, around Veterans Memorial Fountain and down East Main to Forest Avenue.

There will be 150 parade units, including floats, the Air Force Band of Mid-America, Belleville East and West marching bands, the Bud Light Brigade, 16 or more Ainad Shrine parade units, clown, antique cars, local officeholders, Belleville's mascot Otto, the 1890 Harrison Stem Engine.

Prior to the event, the Bicentennial 5K Run begins at 6 p.m. at Union United Methodist Church, 721 East Main St. The run is down Main Street to 17th and back to the church. Early parade spectators can cheer for the runners.

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