Labor Day Parade went on despite rain, theme was “Organize & Rise”

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Rochester Labor Day parade took place on Monday despite the rain.

The procession with drums, brass instruments, cars, signs, and umbrellas went down East Avenue. The parade started near Union at 11 a.m. and headed down Main Street and past the Liberty Pole.

The organizers of the event, the Rochester Labor Council, said the parade celebrated the momentum that unions are gaining across the country.

Labor Day has celebrated the contributions of American workers since it became a federal holiday in 1894.

The Rochester Labor Council said the holiday this year will celebrate the increasing popularity of unions in large companies, from Starbucks to Amazon. Two Rochester-area Starbucks locations voted to unionize in April.

The theme of this year’s parade is “Organize & Rise”. At 10 a.m., local workers’ rights leaders and others held a conference at a building on North Union Street in support of workers who decide to unionize.