Thursday, April 26, 2012
The four-day carnival moves to De Smet in June.
A search for a new home for Creve Coeur Days festivities forced organizers to move the annual May event to June when it moves to De Smet from June 14-17. The extra time was not enough to keep the traditional parade intact for 2012. Ed Farber, a Creve Coeur Days spokesperson, confirmed the news late Wednesday, but said the parade would return in 2013. "We’d be very interested in hearing suggestions on what to add to the four-day event to make it even better, fresher, not necessarily carnival related," Farber said in an email to Patch. Patch readers had previously expressed interest in a new concept for the event when it was feared this year's carnival would be wiped out while organizers tried to find a new location. Farber reiterated …
Saturday, January 28, 2012
St. Louis streets were lined with people celebrating the return of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
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Saturday, January 28, 2012
Grassroots organizers and The Mission Continues collaborated on a parade welcoming home troops from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Swarms of people came out to downtown St. Louis to watch the parade. Parade participants saw signs thanking them for their service and welcoming them home. As Patch has reported, organizers from around metro St. Louis worked to raise funds and awareness. If you could speak to one of the servicemen or servicewomen returning to the United States, what would you say? Patch readers have been telling us all week.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Names of the fallen to be read in vigil starting at 9:11 p.m.
Tonight, the public is invited to a vigil in downtown St. Louis which will honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in dedication to defending their country in war in Afghanistan and Iraq since the 9/11 attacks. The vigil, which will begin at 9:11 p.m. at the Soldier's Memorial at Chestnut and 13th Street, will include the reading of names of all who have fallen. It is expected to last through the evening until Saturday's noon start of the parade welcome home Iraq War Veterans, which will begin on Market Street at Kiener Plaza. A resource area will be open to the public at the end of the route at Union Station, with the goal of providing information and opportunities for returning veterans. Patch will have coverage of the event …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
If you could speak to one of those vets face-to-face, what would you say? What kind of welcome would you give, as St. Louis prepares for Saturday's first-of-its-kind welcome home parade?
The date and time are set: Noon on Saturday at Kiener Plaza. That's when a grassroots effort to create the first-of-its-kind welcome home parade for Iraq war veterans becomes a reality. Will you go to the parade? If you could personally greet one of the returning war veterans, what would you say? We'd love to have your comments below. We'll compile and forward them to the parade organizers. The parade is scheduled to travel west on Market Street to Union Station where organizers will provide a resource bank for veterans between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. There, returning sailors, soldiers, marines and airmen can find services from the Red Cross or Department of Veterans Affairs and enjoy entertainment from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Organizer Craig Schneider…
Monday, January 16, 2012
Organizers surpass financial goal and announce a partnering organization for the late January event.
A grassroots effort that began just a couple weeks ago to welcome home troops from Iraq with a parade in downtown St. Louis is now a reality. The group has announced that it has met its goal of raising $25,000 to honor the veterans on Jan. 28. It is set to meet with St. Louis officials regarding plans on Tuesday. Organizer Craig Schneider, of St. Charles, told KMOX-AM that the parade is not just a way to welcome veterans back home and to say thank you. It's to help them adjust and to allow them to put their military skills back to work in the community. Schneider is co-organizing the event with Tom and LaDonna Applebaum who live just outside Creve Coeur. The Mission Continues, a national veteran's nonprofit organization, has agreed to …
Friday, January 13, 2012
A Creve Coeur couple is trying to raise $25,000 mark by midnight Friday.
A grassroots group trying to organize a homecoming parade in St. Louis honoring Iraq war vets is just $4,500 short of raising its goal of $25,000. See previous story: St. Louisans Helping Organize Parade For Iraq War Vets Organizers of Make January 28th Welcome Home the Heroes from Iraq Day have announced that two major corporate sponsors have stepped up to the plate: Mayflower and Anheuser-Busch. “Mayflower will match every donation made toward welcoming home our heroes, up to $7,500,” said Melissa Sullivan, Mayflower communications manager, in a press release. “We have a long history of serving military members and their families, and we have witnessed the courageous sacrifices that these men and women make. Mayflower is privileged to …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tom and LaDonna Applebaum are part of a grassroots group trying to raise funds by Friday night in hopes of honoring Iraq war vets downtown later this month.
St. Louis knows how to throw a parade. The Cardinals helped the community prove that once the team's magical run to a World Series title came to fruition last fall. Now, a grassroots group is coming together to show the same can be done to honor returning Iraq war veterans. What started as a dream a little more than a week ago now has a Facebook group page with more than 1500 members. The group, led by Tom Applebaum— a Creve Coeur area resident who is also a member of the Parkway School board— and Craig Schneider, a St. Charles resident who works for the St. Charles School District, needs to raise $25,000 by Friday at midnight if their goal of holding a "Welcome Home The Heroes From Iraq" parade downtown on January 28 can become a reality…
Monday, October 31, 2011
High School bands from Seckman and Lindbergh also participated in the event.
Years from now, thousands of people will say they were there as the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals were feted along the downtown parade route Sunday. But not many will be able to say they marched alongside the best team in baseball in front of the crowd. The marching band at Pattonville High School will rightly be able to lay claim to the honor. The Pirates were chosen, along with the bands from Seckman and Lindbergh High School. "It's such a great honor for our students to be a part of an event of this magnitude," said Band Director Denny McFarland in a news release prior to the event. "This is something they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Gusty winds and the annual parade highlight the final day of activities.
The 2011 installment of Creve Coeur Days comes to a close on Sunday. Crowds lined Olive Blvd. for the annual parade (look for a photo gallery coming Monday) before enjoying the final day of activity at the carnival midway.
Expect detours on Olive between 1-3 p.m.
Sunday afternoon, the annual Creve Coeur Days Parade will take to the streets, with Creve Coeur Mayor Harold Dielmann as your Parade Marshal. It starts in front of Pulaski Bank on Olive Blvd. at 1 p.m. The route will go westbound on Olive just past Mason Rd. Once the parade is underway, Creve Coeur Police will detour eastbound Olive traffic onto Fee Fee Rd, with the expectation that traffic will be shut down between Interstate 270 and Timber Run Drive until approximately 3 p.m. Westbound traffic on Olive will be allowed depending on parade conditions. Streets south of Olive will have no access to Olive until the procession has passed that street. The Creve Coeur Days carnival opens at noon Sunday and closes at 7 p.m.