Come Monday, Sept. 3, a Niagara County favorite - the annual Youngstown Labor Day Parade - returns to the village and all are invited. Presented by the Village of Youngstown and the parade committee, Mayor Raleigh Reynolds extends the invitation to residents from throughout the River Region to "join in the celebration."
"We are pleased to announce the that Village of Youngstown's 2018 Labor Day Parade will be held on Sept. 3 starting at noon," he said. "The parade has been a local tradition for over 100 years. It is a celebration of our community: of labor, of local history, of our waterfront heritage, of our rich and varied agriculture, of commerce and of our families.
"The public is invited to view the parade all along Main Street.
"We also extend an invitation to all past parade participants to join us again, and encourage area groups and residents to share in the celebration as marchers or as audience along the route."
According to the village website, Youngstown's Labor Day is a celebration of pure Americana, paying tribute to the nation's heroes, as well as to labor, small business, integrity, community and family. Military organizations, law enforcement and fire companies, youth sports teams, dance groups, labor and civic organizations have all been invited.
"Although we appreciate and respect individual beliefs, this parade is not a venue to express any specific political, or social ideology stemming from a cohesive set of beliefs that form a general philosophy about the government, or specific cause that doesn't have anything to do with the mission of our parade."
Taking place on Main Street, the parade route will begin from the Fort Niagara Park entrance and proceed south through the village business district. Parade sign-ups are ongoing. For further information, visit http://youngstownnewyork.us/about/labor-day-parade/