Belleville East wins band competition at Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade


by Stephanie Baumer / Staff

Posted on November 28, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 28 at 8:18 PM

( The Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrated its 29th year in downtown St. Louis Thursday morning.

The parade stepped off at 8:45 a.m. at North 4th St. and Washington Ave. and traveled south to Market St. and 10th St.

Mary Englebreit, a world renowned artist, was the Honorary Grand Marshal of the parade.  A winner of the poster coloring contest, Natalie Stoner, was named as the Junior Grand Marshal.

The parade included dozens of floats, helium balloons, area marching bands and more than 100 organizations.  Santa riding in on his sleigh ended the parade.

Area bands that walked in the parade also competed in the annual Battle of the Bands contest.

The winners of the Band Competition were:

1st place - Belleville East

2nd place - Collinsville

3rd place - Windsor

4th place - Bond County

5th place - Ritneour

The full list of those competing in the competition are as follows: 

·         Belleville East

·        Bond County Unit 2

·         Collinsville High School

·        Mater Dei Catholic School

·         McCluer South High School

·         Mehlville High School

·         Normandy High School 

·         Northwest High School

·        Ritenour

·         Soldan International Studies 

·        Windsor High School

·         Winfield

To see images from the parade click here.