It was also a time for residents to kick back, and enjoy the fortieth annual showcase. Nearly 120 entrants, including laborers, local businesses and schools, flowed through the streets of downtown Bloomington.
Some shook hands, while others passed out souvenirs. The theme: "Follow in Their Footsteps, Register and Vote."
"None of these folks get a signing bonus for going to work,” said parade organizer Mike Matejka. “They come in every day, they keep this country moving. They drive the trucks, they make the groceries, they build our buildings, they build our roads and these are the people we're honoring today."
Bloomington first held a Labor Day parade in 1892, but the parade was cancelled for several years. It's now been happening for 40 years in a row.
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