Best Bets: Labor Day leads the parade of weekend activities

First responders led the way as the 2014 Labor Day Parade mades its way up South Illinois Street in Belleville.
First responders led the way as the 2014 Labor Day Parade mades its way up South Illinois Street in Belleville. News-Democrat

Labor Day parades in Belleville and Granite City will salute the metro-east’s working men and women on Monday.

BELLEVILLE: The Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council’s annual parade will step off at 10 a.m. from Second and Monroe streets, will head north on South Illinois to C Street, ending at Hough Park.

Union members, bands, first responders, big trucks, tractors and earth movers will participate.

A picnic open to union members and their families only will follow from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Hough Park, with food, rides and games for kids. No pets are allowed at the parade or picnic.

GRANITE CITY: The Labor Day Solidarity March begins at 10 a.m. at 20th and State streets, heads down Madison Avenue and ends at Wilson Park. A picnic for union members and their families will follow with music, petting zoo and kids games.

Sept. 7 – Labor Day Parade and Picnic – Live music and petting zoo

Location: Parade lineup begins at 9:00 a.m. in downtown Granite City on State Street between Niedringhaus & 18th Streets and will go to Wilson Park for picnic

Time: Parade starts at 10:00 a.m.

Millstadt Homecoming

Your favorite superheroes will be parading through the streets of Millstadt at 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Superheroes is the theme for the Millstadt Commercial Club’s procession, which starts in the 100 block of East Laurel, heads west to Tyler, then heads north to Madison, left on Main Street and ends at Liederkranz Park. Quilt bingo follows the parade both nights.

Carnival rides and food and game booths open at 4 p.m Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. A co-ed human foosball tournament will be held to raise funds for the 8th-grade trip.

Music is by Pony Up Saturday night and Old Salt Union Sunday night.

200th birthday party

Greenville will celebrate its bicentennial with two days chock-full of attractions, including free concerts, food, historic re-enactors, a parade, a carnival and a variety of vendors.

Opening ceremonies are at 9 a.m. Saturday. Saturday highlights include: a 5K at 8 a.m.; carnival opens, noon; Kathryn Harris as Harriet Tubman at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Cowboy Randy and his rope tricks, 11:30 a.m.; laser tag, 6-10 p.m.; music by Bellamy Brothers, 8 p.m.

Sunday highlights include a parade at 3 p.m.; music by the Little River Band, 8 p.m.; and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

For a complete schedule, go to www.greenville200.com

St. Libory Schlambach

Sunday doesn’t get any better than chicken dinner and quilt bingo in St. Libory.

The chicken will be served at 4 p.m., followed by bingo at 6:30. A washer tournament starts things off at 3, along with games and inflatables. Music is by the Venedy Band at 5 p.m., and Hometown Boys at 6:30.

Yard Olympics

It doesn’t matter if you lettered in pantyhose bowling in high school or were on the state championship cornhole team.

Anyone is welcome to compete in the 8th annual Yard Olympics on Sunday in Highland to raise money for Leaps of Love. The charity embraces families affected by childhood cancer.

The featured games are cornhole, shubocce, giant ball pong and pantyhose bowling at Zobrist Motorsports Complex, 12760 Iberg Road in Highland. There also will be a Euchre tournament, a 50/50 raffle, T-shirt sales and a bounce house.

The action starts at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $10 er player. Teams are limited to the first 64 participants.

Food will be provided but its BYOB.