Labor Day parade in Urbana, Champaign Park District party and concert canceled

Labor Day parade in Urbana, Champaign Park District party and concert canceled

Updated 9:20 a.m. Friday

CHAMPAIGN — The anticipated arrival of rain from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac has already led to the cancellation of the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day parade in Urbana and the postponement of the Westville fireworks show.

The Champaign Park District also canceled Saturday night's Mr. Turtle's Backyard Bash and evening concert.

Patty Rudicil, secretary of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 601, announced on Thursday that Monday's AFL-CIO Labor Day parade in Urbana has been canceled due to the approaching weather.

Rudicil said Local 601 business agent Mike Herbert made the decision on Thursday.

However, some other activities related to the parade— including a community picnic, inflatables and a softball tournament at Prairie Park— have been rescheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 8.

"There was concern that the activities could deteriorate the grounds if we got a large amount of rain," she said.

The annual fireworks display at Westville High School, originally scheduled for Sunday night, has been postponed until 8 p.m. Monday at the high school.

"We are concerned about the amount of rain coming in, and we didn't want to have to scramble on Sunday to reschedule it," said Westville Lions Club Vice President Jeff Slavik. "Hopefully we will be out of the rainstorms by Monday night."

The Champaign Park District emailed a news release Friday announcing the cancellation of its Mr. Turtle's Backyard Bash, but it said no other decisions have been made about whether to cancel other weekend events.

Thursday, Laura Auteberry, marketing and development director for the Champaign Park District, said a decision won't be made until 2:30 p.m. Sunday as to whether to cancel the scheduled 8:30 p.m. showing of "The Maltese Falcon" at Hessel Park that evening, part of The News-Gazette Film Series.

"If it is pouring and it looks like it will be raining all day, we will make a decision on canceling the movie," Auteberry said.

Auteberry said announcements will be posted on the park district's website, http://www.champaignparkdistrict.com.

The news release also urged residents to check out the park district's Facebook page and Twitter feed, as well as the Facebook pages for the Sholem Aquatic Center and the Virginia Theatre.

Meanwhile, the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics plans to post any changes on its website-- http://www.fightingillini.com -- to game-day activities at Saturday's football season opener against Western Michigan due to the remnants of Hurricane Isaac.

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