Workers across the country are taking the day off
today to celebrate each other's hard work.
In La Crosse...hundreds of people gathered at the
annual Labor Day parade and lined the streets to enjoy
their time off.
News 8's Sarah Thamer is here to tell us more the
meaning behind the holiday..
Today was 125th annual la crosse labor day parade.
and fun...is the best way to describe how today's
People of all ages showed up to the ten-block parade
on La Crosse's northside to honor the working men
and women of this country.
Mondays are typically people's least favorite day
of the week..but once every year..there is an exception
to that rule.
It's nice to have an extra day off of work.
Workers across the nation celebrate labor day in many
different ways, but in La Crosse, an old tradtion,
is still the same, 125 years later.
It's the last celebration of summer and before everybody
gets back to work and jobs and vacations are over
so it's a good time to get together.
La crosse's annual labor day parade gives area workers
and organizations a chance.
to represent the work they do, without having to do
It's an important day to remember what past gains
have been made sometimes we forget that the 40 hour
work week, or a paid holiday like today, only exists
because of the labor movement.
After the parade, the event continues at Copeland
park, where those who aren't on the clock, are relaxing
on benches with friends and family.
You know your first family is your blood family, but
then those you work with, unions or not, that becomes
a family of its own too.
And though many people in the area attend the celebration
every year, for others, it's an unexpected surprise.
And an ordinary monday off, turns into a special day.
Hope they surprise me I've never seen anything like
Festival organizers also say that today is not just
about food, fun and games.
It's a chance to celebrate the benefits and changes
that have been made in the workplace over the past
few hundred years.