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Celebrate Labor Day with parade and picnic in the park

All are invited to celebrate the American worker at the annual Labor Day Parade and Picnic in South Buffalo on Monday.

The parade's theme this year is "Labor Unions Make America Great." The march begins at noon at the Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, and follows Abbott to Cazenovia Street before proceeding to Cazenovia Park. There, marchers and parade-goers will enjoy a free picnic sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.

The parade is organized by the Buffalo Central Labor Council AFL-CIO. This year's grand marshal is Robert McLennan, who has been part of the labor movement for 30 years.

The first Labor Day was celebrated in 1882 in New York City. In 1894, Congress made Labor Day a national holiday to honor the contributions of workers to the strength and prosperity of the country.

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