Labor Day Parade marches through Downtown Pittsburgh for first time in 3 years

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For the first time in three years, union members across all different trades and duties marched through the streets of Pittsburgh Monday to celebrate Labor Day.

Pittsburgh’s Labor Day parade is one of the oldest and largest in the country, with thousands braving the rain this year.

Organizers with the Allegheny-Fayette Central Labor Council say it aims to celebrate the city’s rich union history.

“This is our day, so we should enjoy it,” said IBEW Local 5 electrician Mike McCreery.

Union members and parade spectators alike are grateful the end-of-summer staple is back after taking the last two years off due to the pandemic.

“It’s just nice to be out here with the fellow brothers and doing something for the community,” said carpenters union apprentice John Griffen.

“Even in the rain, we’re loving it,” added spectator Patricia Mounds. “It’s a holiday.”

The parade took off from outside PPG Paints Arena and made its way down Centre Avenue into downtown.

The firefighters union led the way followed by mail carriers, electrical workers and many others.

For union members, they’re grateful for the day to celebrate their hard work and the opportunity to share with others why their careers are so important to the city.

“Pittsburgh’s a great union city, right? We all make our livelihood this way, we all enjoy the work, and we all enjoy coming out to be together,” said McCreery.

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