BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Western New Yorkers gathered in South Buffalo Monday for the Annual Labor Day Parade. Representatives from 50 local labor unions are leading the celebration. The parade started at the Irish Center, on Abbott Road.
Many people in Buffalo are either union workers or grew up with a parent who is in a union. According to the president of the western New York Labor Force Richard Lipsitz, and the grand marshal of Monday’s parade, Buffalo and the surrounding area has one of the highest percentages in the country for a union workforce. It has been that way since the Industrial Era, which made Buffalo a major power. The grand marshal believes they will play a key role in growing Buffalo in the future.
Lipsitz said, “It has to do with the way we celebrate our organizations. We celebrate the role they play in society once a year, we set out to do it once a year and today’s the day. There is plenty to celebrate and plenty to feel good about.”
The parade includes marching bands, Irish dances and representatives from about 50 labor unions. This year’s theme is “respecting our voice.”
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