LIMA — For most people, Labor Day represents a day off work, or at least a recognition of the work that they do. The West Central Ohio-Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO is in charge of Lima’s parade. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Monday with the theme, “Organized Labor — Giving Workers a Voice, Giving Families A Better Life.”
“We try not to emphasize organized labor, but all working men and women,” said Jeff Kranz, president of The West Central Ohio-Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
The parade begins at Main Street and Robb Avenue and proceeds down Main Street to Lima’s Town Square. There will be music, bands, candy and floats.
“There are roughly around 60 entries now. That is about what we normally have,” said Kranz.
Parade organizers want to recognize more than just the job, they want to recognize that people give back to the community.
“We are trying to re-focus the parade on all working men and women, and bring attention to the fact that people might know they work at Ford or they might see us letter carriers down there delivering mail. But there is a lot more that we do. We are very involved in social justice movements, giving back to the community, whether it be something as coaching a youth baseball team or all the way to volunteering for organizations like United Way or working with the local faith-based communities. We really want to highlight not only what we do on the job, but what we do in the communities as well,” said Kranz.
Grand Marshal this year is Bill Allen, with the Carpenter’s Union in Lima.
“He worked on the parade for years. He’s been active in the time when one year there was a question of whether there would even be a parade. He stepped up and pretty much put it on by himself, and so we feel that it’s long past due that he be recognized for not only all he did for organized labor but for the community of Lima and all of Allen County as well,” said Kranz.
There is a new review stand set up at the square, where the parade finishes.
“Each of the entries will be recognized as they go down through there,” said Kranz.
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