Throngs cheer the working folk during lively 40th annual Wilmington parade – Daily News

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By Josh Rosen, Contributing writer

What started as a low rumble soon became a mammoth noise in the streets. Before long, spectators could hear the resounding grunts of motorcycles and the electrifying snap of the marching bands until they could catch a glimpse of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Labor Coalition Parade coming around Wilmington’s E Street.

 

Finally in full view, 3,000 union workers marched in solidarity up Avalon Boulevards to celebrate Labor Day with a huge barbecue and rally at Banning Park, where everyone was invited and no one went hungry.

The parade is a Labor Day tradition for the local unions, and this year marks the 40th consecutive year they’ve organized it. With dozens of unions participating, they expected it to be their biggest parade ever.

“What Labor Day means to us is that this is actually our day to celebrate because of labor, so we all get together, and we all march in the parade to show our solidarity to our brothers,” said Thomas Rodriguez of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. “Our families are very important to us.”



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