If you have the day off work on Labor Day, take in the 12th Annual Charlotte Labor Day Parade. The “An Old-Fashioned Parade: Labor Union Made” starts at 11 a.m. Monday, September 6, 2010 at the Hal Marshall Center and travels down Tryon Street, goes through the Square, and ends at Tryon and 3rd Streets. Parade participants should be at the center, located at 700 North Tryon Street, at 9 a.m. for assembly preparation.
Floats, political candidates, bands, beauty queens, car clubs and more will be featured in the parade, which was organized by the Charlotte Labor Day Parade Committee in conjunction with the Southern Piedmont CLC. The Charlotte parade is the largest in the Southeast and venerates the accomplishments of organized labor unions, both local and national.
Labor Day pays tribute to the achievements of workers and their contributions to the American workforce. The Central Labor Union kicked off the first Labor Day observance in New York on September 5, 1882, but by 1885 it was celebrated in other cities. In June of 1894, Congress passed an act and declared the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.