Parade, picnic and more planned for Los Angeles Labor Day

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Between 8,000 to 10,000 people are expected to participate in Monday’s 40th Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Labor Coalition Parade, Larry Barragan, the coalition’s chairman, told City News Service.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Broad Avenue and E Street, go west on E Street to Avalon Boulevard, continue north on Avalon Boulevard to M Street, concluding at Banning Park. Bands from Banning, Carson, Garfield, Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, Venice and Verdugo Hills high schools and Harry Bridges Middle School are set to perform in the parade.

A rally and picnic is set to begin at 11 a.m. at Banning Park. Speeches and introduction of elected officials is scheduled to begin at noon. Speakers include Rusty Hicks, chair of the California Democratic Party, a former president of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

Today is Union Day at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, including a parade at noon. Admission will be discounted to $8 for union members and their families. More information is available at union halls.

In his Labor Day proclamation, President Donald Trump wrote, “On Labor Day, we recognize the remarkable American workers who comprise the greatest labor force in the world. American workers are the heart and soul of our nation’s economic resurgence.

“Today, we honor those Americans whose contributions have turned our country into an economic powerhouse and we renew our commitment to create an environment that continues to foster and promote opportunity.”

Labor Day, a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the nation, was first celebrated in the U.S. on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City.

In 1887, Oregon became the first state to formally recognize Labor Day. By 1894, 31 of the then-44 states had made Labor Day a holiday when Congress passed a bill designating the first Monday in September a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and territories.

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