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President Barack Obama will attend Labor Day events in Toledo on Monday. After his visit to the Glass City, he will head to Louisiana to view ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Isaac.More >>
President Barack Obama will attend Labor Day events in Toledo on Monday. After his visit to the Glass City, he will head to Louisiana to meet with local officials and view ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Isaac.More >>
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - On Monday, the United Labor Committee will hold its annual Labor Day Parade. The event will take place in downtown Toledo beginning at 9 a.m.
The parade is expected to last from 9 to 11:30 a.m. It will start on Summit near Washington and Monroe and proceed north on Summit to Adams, then west on Adams to Huron, then south on Huron to disband at Washington.
President Obama is in town Monday for a scheduled rally at Scott High School at 12:30 p.m. Some people in the community are speculating that the president could attend the parade, however there is no official stop scheduled.
The following streets will be closed at approximately 6:30 a.m. to allow for staging of the parade:
Summit between Clayton and Jackson
St. Clair between Lafayette and Monroe
St. Clair between Jefferson and Jackson
Superior between Lafayette and Washington
Superior between Madison and Jackson
Huron between Lafayette sand Jackson
Washington between Erie and Summit
Monroe between Erie and Summit
Jefferson between Erie and Water
Adams between Erie and Summit
Madison between Erie and St. Clair
Jackson Boulevard will remain open for the duration of the parade.
The theme of this year's event is "We Are the 99%." The Grand Marshal at this year's event is Harold Leu, retired Teamsters Local 20 president.
In 2011, unions used the parade to voice their opinions on Issue 2, urging voters to say "no" to the issue on the November ballot.
In 2010, Vice President Joe Biden and then Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland marched in the parade. Each year, union laborers from the area join forces to put on the Labor Day Parade. The theme for 2010 was jobs.
Labor Day, which is the first Monday in September, was a creation from the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the U.S.