Longest running Memorial Day parade taking place in Alton today - KMOV.com

Longest running Memorial Day parade taking place in Alton today

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The route for the 2015 Alton Memorial Day Parade The route for the 2015 Alton Memorial Day Parade

ALTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) – The Alton Memorial Day Parade is the oldest consecutive running Memorial Day parade in the United States.

The 147th annual parade starts at 10 a.m. at the intersection of College and Washington Avenues. The historic parade still follows tradition, with more than 45 units signing up to walk in the parade that will wind through town and end in the Upper Alton Cemetery around 11 a.m.

The Alton Police Department Honor Guard will walk in the parade for the first time and the Flower Guard will be collecting flowers from the crowd that will be used to decorate veterans' graves.

The marshal of the parade is the Alton Area Optimist Club.

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