LIMA — The Labor Day Parade starts at 10 a.m. Monday at Robb Avenue and Main Street in Lima. The theme for this year’s parade is “Organized Labor — Giving Workers a Voice, Giving Families a Better Life.”
While most people are glad to be off work, the organizers of the parade, The West Central Ohio-Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, wants the public to know that organized labor has helped all workers.
“We try not to just emphasize organized labor, but all working men and women,” said Jeff Kranz, president of The West Central Ohio-Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
The parade will begin with a program at 9 a.m. in Town Square where Mayor Berger will speak and introduce the Grand Marshal, David Smith with IBEW, Local 32. The Grand Marshal will then be shuttled back to Northland following the introduction to line up for the parade.
“I think we are approaching close to 60 participants this year,” said Kranz. “And we have some local high school bands marching as well.”
And, there will be candy for the kids.
“Most everyone passes candy out,” said Kranz. “This year we are passing out bags with our labor council logo on it before the parade starts.”
The parade should take approximately an hour and a half to complete.
“We have an extremely good turn out. When we first start out it’s packed, and it’s pretty well packed the whole way. I think everyone appreciates it,” said Kranz.
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