The Alton Memorial Day Parade will step off for the 147th time at ten o' clock this morning in Upper Alton.  As always, it begins at the Alton Middle School pit, up College Avenue to Washington, around the square on Edwards, Main, College and back to Washington where it will end at the Upper Alton Cemetery. 

And back again this year is a ceremony at the cemetery following the parade.  Parade committee member Stacey Ebrey says this year’s Parade Marshal is local attorney, 90-year-old Bob Ryan, who still practices.

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Participation this year is expected to be up from previous years.  Mark Ellebracht and Mike Montgomery will have live coverage of the parade right here on Z-1570 starting at ten.

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