Belleville East wins marching band contest at St. Louis parade

Belleville East marched away with top honors at the 2015 Missouri Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade in St. Louis on Friday, but Collinsville was close behind.

The Belleville East Lancers won first place and took honors for outstanding marching as well as outstanding general effect.

Collinsville’s Marching Kahoks took second place and honors for outstanding music.

Other Illinois schools in the parade were Bond County High School and Mater Dei Catholic High School. Missouri marchers were Mehlville High School, St. Charles West High School, the John Ford Pipe Band, McCluer South/Berkeley High School, Ritenour High School, Northwest High School, Normandy High School and Winfield High School.