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Labor Day Parade in Charlotte will honor unions

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

Labor unions, political candidates, bands, car clubs and even Razzles the Clown are expected to participate Monday morning in the 14th annual Labor Day Parade in uptown Charlotte.

Organized by the Labor Day Parade Committee in conjunction with local labor unions, the 11 a.m. parade will honor the accomplishments of organized labor locally and nationally, planners say.

This year, the event returns to its traditional parade route. Last year, the parade was moved to another part of uptown because it took place during the Democratic National Convention.

The parade is scheduled to begin at Ninth and North Tryon streets, moving down Tryon Street, then east on Third Street. It will end on College Street.

Some of the groups expected to participate include the National Association of Letter Carriers, the Queen City Cruisers Car Club, United Auto Workers, Sky High Steppers, Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and the Charlotte Green Party.

“Always remember those who fought, suffered, and died for our worker rights, the 40-hour week, vacations, health care, grievance structure, and the never-ending fight against discrimination, intimidation and harassment,” organizers said in a statement.

“Please never take it for granted.”

Staff Writer Steve Lyttle contributed.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; Twitter: @earriero
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