R Williams

Ricky Williams

DANVILLE – Danville’s 84th Labor Day Parade’s grand marshal is the city’s newest mayor.

Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. will serve as the parade grand marshal when the parade steps off Monday morning.

The Vermilion County Federation of Labor sponsors the “Largest Downstate Parade in Illinois” on Labor Day on behalf of organized labor. The parade committee takes much time and pride in bringing the event to downtown Danville.

The parade will step off at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Davis and Vermilion streets going south to end at Main and Vermilion streets.

Parade Coordinator Connie Ostrander said they usually have about 70 to 80 groups participating in the parade.

There will be plaques given out to award-winning floats and parade entries. The grandstand will again be near the Vermilion County Administration Building and the Vermilion County War Museum.

Ostrander said they set aside the day to honor the hard-working people in the county.

“It’s to honor their hard work,” she said. “The working men and women of this country are the backbone of this country.”

She said they hope attendees “have a good time” and they encourage people to come out to watch the parade.

“See you on parade day,” she said.

Grand marshal Williams is a Danville High School and Millikin University graduate. Upon graduation from Millikin, he was awarded a full-fellowship to pursue a PhD in Political Science at Emory University. From 2005-2006, he lived as a residential missionary, creating an after-school program in a complex like Fair Oaks.

From 2006-2012, he served as the executive director of the Danville Boys & Girls Club. Williams then served as the CEO/CFO of Project Success from 2013-2019.

Williams was an Alderman in Ward 1 from 2009-2019, served as Vice-Mayor from 2013-2017 and was elected mayor in April 2019.

He also has served on various boards, including Vermilion Advantage and Danville Humane Society.

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