Rochester's Annual Labor Day Tradition

Sep 4, 2016

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Rochester's annual Labor Day tradition steps off in the downtown area late Monday morning.

It's the annual Labor Day parade which starts at 11 a.m., near the corner of East Avenue and Pitkin Street. It then proceeds west down Main Street and ends at Plymouth Avenue.

The parade used to start farther up on East Avenue, but the route was modified due to the Inner Loop construction.

Rochester’s Labor Day parade traditionally is one of the largest in the state, attracting dozens of floats and groups and hundreds of spectators.

Officials with the Rochester and Vicinity Labor Council, who help organize the parade, say that worker rights are under attack by big corporations, municipal governments and some lawmakers.

The parade also usually features a number of area politicians, who really start to ramp up their campaigns after the Labor Day holiday.

If you plan to be on the roads, the state has suspended most construction on highways and bridges; State Police have increased patrols as part of a crackdown on drunken driving.

And if you are traveling to or coming back from Canada, Customs’ officials advise you be ready to deal with crowded crossings since both the U.w.and Canada celebrate Labor Day.