Toledo's annual Labor Day Parade kicked off at 9 a.m. Monday. The parade is sponsored by the United Labor Committee, and this year's grand marshall is Sally Powless.
Parade floats and vehicles began arriving at 7 a.m., and Union members and their families began arriving at 8 a.m.
The purpose of the parade is to show solidarity among local labor unions and to celebrate the people that help to build and grow America through their hard work daily. This year's theme is, "We are one."
In addition to the local labor unions, other groups who performed included the Rogers High School Band, Waite High School, Band, Scott High School Band, Mecca Shrine Temple Mini Cars, Mecca Temple Youth Group #43, and Northwest Ohio Street Machines.
The parade started at the intersection of Summit and Monroe Streets. Marchers head north on Summit to Adams Street, going west onto Adams to Huron. The parade route ended on Monroe Street. Barricades were be in place along the parade route, blocking traffic from entering or leaving during the event.
Several of the local labor unions marched with signs in support of Anita Lopez, one of several candidates running for mayor in the September 10 election. Lopez made a brief speech at the Teamsters post prior to the parade beginning.