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La Crosse’s Labor Day parade and events canceled

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - La Crosse's annual Labor Day parade and festivities are canceled for 2020.

The announcement regarding the September 7 events on the north side of La Crosse came Monday morning from the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO.

The reason they gave was the uncertainty over the COVID-19 outbreak.

“2020 will continue to look different for a lot of Coulee Region residents, but we are committed to using the tools at our disposal to recognize Labor Day and its meaning,” said Tyler Tubbs, President of the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO.

They are looking to hold a virtual event to recognize the health and safety of all workers.

“It obviously saddens us to make such an announcement, but the cancelation will not hold us back from continuing to develop collective power and solidarity in Western Wisconsin,” said Bill Brockmiller, Webmaster for the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO and AFT 4999 Treasurer. “Whether we gather online or in-person, we’ll continue to engage active and retiree members by encouraging them to connect with each other and with community and elected officials in safe and healthy ways.”

The Labor Day parade and events surrounding it date back to 1891 according to the organizers. This is the eighth time the parade has been canceled. The last time was back in 1965.

The union asks that people celebrate Labor Day safely with family.

Kevin Millard

Kevin Millard-Social Media Digital Content Manager for WXOW.

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