Labor Day Parade: Community & Politicians Come Together

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CLEVELAND-- It's a celebration of 42 years of tradition in the city: The annual Labor Day parade allows Clevelanders to celebrate the contributions they make to their city each day.

They also are celebrating their right to work.

On Monday, hundreds of people took part in the 11th Congressional District Community Caucus 42nd Annual Labor Day Parade.

The route started at E. 146th St. and Kinsman Ave. The parade ended at Luke Easter Park.

"Every year it's something new and you just get to enjoy the atmosphere," said Nicole Fields, who attended the parade. "My mother and I have been coming here for about 20 years," she went on.

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge served as grand marshal.

"Just to be in my community, to be home to show community pride; it's
outstanding," she said.

Congresswoman Fudge also believes that the parade's good turnout reflects well on Cleveland. "When you live in a city and feel good about where you live, it says
a lot, no matter what's going on around you," Fudge added.

And the goal, as Cleveland's Mayor Frank Jackson believes, is to constantly improve.

Jackson and many area politicians and hopefuls made their voices known at the parade.  Many walked by residents, holding signs.

Besides the politics at the parade, there is also a sense of togetherness and fun. Also, there was a dose of music and dancing.

"We are celebrating the people who keep America moving," Fudge said.