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Let's Start with a Parade!


Saturday at 10:00 AM

St. Charles (and Historic Main Street in particular) has played host to many parades in its history. These processions marked cultural milestones and allowed the community to join together in recognition of events both somber and joyous. From a parade honoring Civil War veterans in the 1890s, to the homecoming of troops from World War I in 1918. From the childlike wonder expressed at the traveling circus wagons that came to town in the early 20th century, to the civic pride that filled the hearts of those who attended the centennial procession in 1869, it seems only appropriate that the festivities honoring St. Charles’ 250th anniversary be kicked off with a ceremonial parade.

But this parade is no ordinary parade. Instead this procession will be a living, breathing timeline, featuring 25 different units (one for each of St. Charles’ 25 decades). Each unit will feature elements that elude to and recognize significant moments that have occurred in the city's history.

Parade route:
Bales Park, South on N. Main, right on Tecumseh, left on N. Second, left on Clark, right on N. Main.



St. Charles is known for its warm welcome, unique historical perspective, and beautiful sites—there’s so much to do you’ll need more than a day.

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