La Crosse Labor Day Parade, Festivities canceled due to COVID-19

La Crosse celebrates Labor Day

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The annual Labor Day Parade and Festival in La Crosse is canceled due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO hopes to hold a virtual event to recognize Labor Day.

“2020 will continue to look different for a lot of Coulee Region residents, but we are committed to using the tools at our disposal to recognize Labor Day and its meaning,” said Tyler Tubbs, President of the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO.

“It obviously saddens us to make such an announcement, but the cancelation will not hold us back from continuing to develop collective power and solidarity in Western Wisconsin,” said Bill Brockmiller, Webmaster for the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO and AFT 4999 Treasurer. “Whether we gather online or in-person, we’ll continue to engage active and retiree members by encouraging them to connect with each other and with community and elected officials in safe and healthy ways.”

The 2020 Labor Day Parade would have been La Crosse’s 129th. The first Labor Day Parade was held in 1891, and 2020 marks only the eighth time the parade was not held.