The Rock Island Labor Day parade is THIS Monday, September 6th! This will be a great chance for us to invite the community to our fall kickoff so more people can hear about Jesus and experience the warmth of our Bethany community! Please note that the time of the parade has been moved back slightly. So instead of 8:30 am, please arrive at our line up spot by 9:15 am. If you have any problems finding us on that morning, please call Derek at 847-912-6155 or Becky at 224-381-8308. Some more instructions for the morning of the parade:
*Wear your green Bethany shirt and comfortable walking shoes. Kids can ride bikes or scooters or be pulled in wagons, as long they ride in the middle of the street and not risk running into parade watchers on the side of the street.
*Arrive by 9:15 am to route spot G-59, on the north side of 18th Avenue in front of the US Bank building (address: 3411 18th Avenue, RI). We will likely not start walking until close to 10 am, but we have to be in position at 9:15 am. Parade begins at 9:30 am.
*18th Avenue will be blocked off by before 9:15 am, so you'll want to park in the neighborhoods behind US Bank.
*The parade is not a loop--it is a straight line from Washington Jr. High School to Rock Island High School. Unless you want to walk the mile back to your car when the parade is done, we would suggest leaving a second car at the High School either the night before or the morning of so you can get yourself back to your parking spot.
*Adults will be passing our post card invitations about fall kick off to adults watching the parade. Adults/kids will toss candy, however, RI has a strict rule about not throwing it at people. You have to toss it onto the ground towards people's feet. NO THROWING OF CANDY IS ALLOWED AT THE LEFT HAND TURN ON TO 24th STREET!
*Candy, bags for carrying candy and bottles of water will be provided to walkers.
*Social distancing and masking is encouraged by the city for parade walkers if you anticipate being close to others/are not vaccinated. This is up to your discretion--no protocols are required by the city during this outdoor event.
*You will likely be done around 11 am.
*Candy donations are still being accepted up until this Sunday and can be dropped off at the Welcome Center.
*If you would like a printed copy of the route map, parade instructions, etc., meet Becky Clark at the Welcome Center after the service this Sunday.