Affton Days Parade, Festival slated this Saturday

Residents and organizations will unite Saturday, Sept. 18, for the annual Affton Days Parade and Festival, which features the theme “A Walk Thru American History.”

The 1.8-mile parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Affton High School, travel south on Mackenzie to Gravois and then east on Gravois to Heege, ending at the festival grounds on the St. George Church parking lot on Heege. Besides featuring bands from Affton High School, Rogers Middle School, Bayless High School and St. Mary’s High School, the parade will feature entries from schools, churches, businesses and organizations.

Chief Tim Fitch and Capt. Mike Dierkes of the county Police Department will lead the parade. Following the lead car will be convertibles carrying chamber President Suzanne Welker, 2009 Business Person of the Year Sue Casaleggi and 2009 Citizen of the Year Charles Redmond. Mary Ann Schiller, a 60-year employee of the Affton School District who recently retired, will serve as the grand marshal this year.

Booths on the festival grounds will begin operation at 11 a.m. and shortly before noon the festivities will begin with 6th District County Councilman Steve Stenger singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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