BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Labor Day festivities kicked off early this morning in Bloomington.
125 years later and the Bloomington labor day parade is just as popular as its ever been. Thousands of McLean County residents came out to watch marching bands, labor unions and other twin city organizations travel from downtown Bloomington to the Miller Park Zoo.
“It’s a beautiful parade and its just a great time to get together,” said Lorraine Wilmert of Bloomington. “People put a lot of time and effort into this, so it’s nice to support them.”
Labor Day became an official holiday in 1894, and since then the Bloomington and Normal Trades Labor Assembly has hosted this parade to salute the average worker.
“These are our working class people, these are the people that keep us moving,” said Sarah Egge of Normal. “We celebrate them, and we need to take time to do this, I think its worth our day.”
Everyone who goes to the parade enjoys and looks forward to the school marching bands. Elijah Smith’s is a Freshman at University high in Normal and it was his first year performing in the parade.
“It started out small, but for how big it is now it was kind of cool,” said Smith. “When it got going it was really fun.”
People who went to the parade say they are already looking forward to next year.