Labor Day Parade Cruises through Downtown Peoria

Published 09/01 2014 02:57PM

Updated 09/01 2014 06:39PM

PEORIA – Dozens of spectators flocked to downtown Peoria for the annual Labor Day parade.

“Labor Day is a time to reflect back on the sacrifices [and] the hard work of our ancestors, our predecessors in the labor movement," said Marty Helfers.

He’s a part of the West Central Illinois Building and Construction Trade Council and served as the 2014 parade announcer.

Helfers said the parade showcased 50 different unions and union companies.

"It's the largest gathering of union folks/labor of the year. So it's kind of like a homecoming to a lot of folks."

A large group of people lined the sides of Main Street on Monday. Each had their own motivation for attending.

"It's been my whole life,” said David Higgins who came out to watch the parade. “I've been in a labor union ever since I started working. I don't know anything different."

Family drew Alejandro Diaz to the parade.

"Both of my brothers are actually in labor unions, so we came out here to support them," Diaz explained.

Helfers said the parade is a community event that people look forward to  coming to each year.

"It's just [a] chance to visit and renew old friendships and make new ones."

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