Edward Hospital front-line workers to be grand marshals at Naperville Labor Day parade

  • Aug. 20 is the deadline to sign up for Naperville's Last Fling parade. The parade on Monday, Sept 6, will honor front-line workers at Edward Hospital.

    Aug. 20 is the deadline to sign up for Naperville's Last Fling parade. The parade on Monday, Sept 6, will honor front-line workers at Edward Hospital. Jeff Knox | Staff Photographer, 2018

Posted7/22/2021 8:35 PM

The Naperville Jaycees recently announced that front-line workers at Edward Hospital will be the grand marshals of the 2021 Labor Day Parade, presented by the City of Naperville and the Naperville Jaycees.

"We are proud and honored that our Edward Hospital front-line workers, who have worked tirelessly through the pandemic to keep all those affected safe and in good health, will lead the Labor Day parade," said 2021 Last Fling Co-Chair Pete Paulsen. "Without them, we wouldn't be where we are today in our great community."


"We thank the Naperville Jaycees for the opportunity to serve as the grand marshal of this year's Labor Day Parade," said Joe Dant, president and CEO, Edward Hospital. "We truly appreciate the recognition of the staff's efforts and are honored to have played such a critical role in caring for our community during the pandemic."

The 2021 Labor Day Parade presented by the City of Naperville and the Naperville Jaycees will begin promptly at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 6. It will start at Naperville North High School, then proceed south on Mill Street, east onto Jefferson Avenue, south on Main Street, west on Porter until its conclusion at Naperville Central High School. The public is invited to gather safely along roadsides to show their gratitude and enjoy the spectacle.

If your business or organization would like to be a part of the 2021 Labor Day Parade, head to www.LastFling.org/Parade for more information and pricing. Signup deadline is Aug. 20.

The 2021 Last Fling will take place throughout Labor Day Weekend, from Friday, Sept. 3, to Monday, Sept. 6, as a block party-style end-of-summer community celebration along Jackson Avenue in downtown Naperville. Save the dates to join the members, volunteers, and neighbors in enjoying the weekend's live music, food and beverages, and carnival fun!

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Local businesses and organizations interested in being part of this beloved community event may contact admin@lastfling.org for sponsorship opportunities.

The Last Fling is the Naperville Jaycees' largest fundraiser, raising over $2 million for nonprofit organizations throughout Naperville and DuPage County in the past 20 years. The Jaycees thanks you for your support of the Last Fling, as well as all past and new volunteers and sponsors who have continued to support the organization throughout the years.

The Naperville Jaycees is a nonprofit service organization for young professionals dedicated to offering Naperville-area residents the opportunity to better themselves and to grow personally and professionally while giving through community service and fundraising efforts. The group's annual events include: Rock the Mic, East Egg Hunt, Lobster Day and countless other worthwhile projects that positively impact the community. The group also organizes and staffs the Last Fling in close cooperation with the City of Naperville, Naperville Park District, numerous Naperville community organizations and hundreds of volunteers.

Proceeds from the Last Fling over the past two decades have exceeded $2 million for other nonprofit organizations in Naperville and surrounding communities. Monthly meetings, which are open to all, are held on the second Tuesday of each month at Judd Kendall VFW, 908 W. Jackson Ave. in Naperville. Please call the chapter's hotline at (630) 961-9375 or visit www.naperjaycees.org for more details.

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