Calumet City hosts parade on Labor Day

White Sox mascot Southpaw is one of the expected entrants in this year's Liberty parade on Monday, Labor Day, in Calumet City. 


CALUMET CITY — The Calumet Memorial Park District is commemorating Labor Day this year with its Liberty parade at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

The parade, traditionally called the Labor Day parade, is named Liberty parade this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I.

When Calumet City was known as West Hammond, the municipality sent more residents into the armed forces, per capita, than almost any other community in the United States, according to Gene Popa, of the Calumet Memorial Park District.

When the war was over, the residents voted to memorialize their contribution by establishing the Calumet Memorial Park District, Popa said in an email.

The parade will march north on Wentworth Avenue from Michigan City Road to 153rd Street. 

Participants this year will include White Sox mascot Southpaw, the Black Cowboys, various veterans groups, dance and drill teams, and five different pageant winners: Jenny Vale, Miss Globe Northern Illinois; Lauren Ransom, Miss Globe Illinois; Alexandra Mireya, Miss Globe Cuba; Delilah Melendez, Miss Teen Latina Illinois and Bri Pearson, Miss Bikini Chicago.

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