La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) – The Labor Day tradition in La Crosse continued for the 128th time as the annual parade took place on the city’s north side.
Beginning at Gillette and Kane Street, the parade route ended just past the business stretch of Caledonia Street. Parade goers line the route including many children ready to scoop up candy tossed their way. They were not disappointed.
The parade, consisting of various unions and organizations, celebrated the history of labor and the rights that have been earned regarding it.
From the parade, festivities moved to Copeland Park for Labor Fest. The family friendly event included free fishing games for the kids, as well as a saw dust pile with hidden coins. Bingo games and various raffles were set up for adults.
“All of these people work together Monday through Friday,” said Tyler Tubbs, President of Western Wisconsin’s AFL-CIO. “They see the importance of coming down here and spending a day with their co-workers to celebrate all of the victories we’ve had, like child labor laws and the establishing an eight hour work day, things like that.”
Tubbs added that in addition to the day being about honoring the working men and women in the labor force, it’s about more then just making a living.
“Labor Day is a day to remember how the rights of working people have been won,” he said.