The 87th Pana Labor Day Parade will begin at 10:00 a. m. on Monday, Sept. 6. The parade will feature a tribute to the 20-year anniversary of the September 11th World Trade Center tragedy, where the Pana Fire Department will host a short ceremony by the Post Office.
Please see a parade representative for further direction if you are unclear on your position along the parade route.
Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis (R-13), Taylorville will make a few brief remarks during the ceremony as well as Pana Fire Chief Rod Bland. There will be a 21-gun salute from the Veterans Honor Guard of Pana.
Antique automobiles and tractors report to the corner of Second and Maple Streets (North).
Staging begins as early as 8:00 a.m. and units participating in the parade are encouraged to report as fol- lows: First Responders report to the corner of Second and Poplar Streets (East)
Charities, non-profits report to the alley east of Carnegie-Schulyer Library (South)
The Parade will continue along its traditional route, beginning at the corner of Second and Poplar Streets heading west down Second Street. The Parade will end near the Chautauqua Pavilion in Kitchell Park.
Theme of this year’s parade is “Standing Strong,” a salute to the front-line medical workers who have dedicated their time and efforts in battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pageant Queens and Participants report to the alley east of Dollar General.
Labor unions and representatives report to the corner of Second and Maple Streets (South).
Pana High School marching band and sports units report to the alley east of Walgreens.
Politicians report to the corner of Second and Maple Streets (South).
Participants in the parade are not allowed to throw candy from moving vehicles. Any candy distribution should be done be by walk- ers going along the curb and distributing the candy. Anyone in violation of this regulation will be warned first and if there is a second offense, they will be removed from the parade.
The Parade and its safety has always been of para- mount concern to the Committee. However, the Parade is a celebration of our community, and the Committee wants each and every participant and spec- tator to use their best judg- ment regarding their atten- dance or participation to ensure everyone enjoys the largest downstate Labor Day parade in Illinois.
Visiting marching bands report to the corner of Second and Kitchell Streets (North).
Commercial businesses and vehicles report to the corner of Second and Vine Streets.
Floats report to the corner of Second and Kitchell Streets (South). Hundreds of dollars in prizes are available.
Shriners report to the corner of Second and Vine Streets, along Second Street (East).
With the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the community and surrounding areas, everyone is encour- aged to follow CDC guide- lines for outdoor events. The Parade is not a political event, and as such, the Parade Committee encour- ages each and every partici- pant and spectator to respect fellow participants and spectators, vaccinated or unvaccinated, masked or unmasked.