Labor Day Parade Goes on Downsized

A socially distanced version of the 134th Annual Labor Day Association Parade took place at the Gibson County Fairgrounds on Monday, Sept. 7th.

Posted: Sep 7, 2020 7:49 PM
Updated: Sep 8, 2020 9:02 AM

Nothing could stop the 134th Annual Labor Day Association Parade from taking place on Monday, Sept 7th.

With union members from all over the tri-state meeting up at the Gibson County Fairgrounds to celebrate.

“I won’t see them all year long, but I know in my heart that the day we start setting up for Labor Day, they’ll come from Grandview, they’ll come from Sullivan, Indiana, west-side of Evansville,” said Boonville city mayor Charlie Wyatt.

But in order to have the parade, some though decisions were made, including canceling food booths and carnival rides.

“We kept in mind what other area celebrations are doing and again the last thing the Labor Day Association would want is somebody getting sick because of some of the things that we do," Wyatt said.

Another tough decision? Limiting crowd sizes.

"We always had massive crowds,” said delegate members Mark Norton. “And I knew so many people. And that's the part that I'll miss -- that I'm saddened by."

And while the parade normally sees over 100 floats from labor unions all over the tri-state and community members, this year, only union members were able to ride.

“We started in 1889. So in other words our whole thing was to keep the tradition alive,” said member Gary Fritz. "That was our main goal this year. So this is kind of the minimum that we could do and still say we had a parade this year.”

As for next year? The hope is to make a huge comeback.

“Bigger and bette, bigger and better,” Wyatt said. “Wherever we go.”

The Association will take a vote in November on which city will host the 135th Annual Labor Day Parade.

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