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Labor Day Parade Continues Tradition

By Ed Parsons - Editor | Sep 16, 2020

Fire trucks line up as they prepare for the annual Paden City Labor Day Parade on Monday September 6.

While most everything else in the state related to fairs and celebrations were cancelled this year, Paden City managed to continue with a 70 year tradition and go forward with it’s annual Labor Day Parade.

Without high school bands and many other entries the parade still took on fanfare as a modest crowd lined the streets to watch as Firetrucks, Police Officers and Emergency Vehicles headlined the event. Other participants included several political candidates who rode in vehicles and waved as they went by. The VFW honor guard marched the route, while several union labor workers proudly waved to bystanders.

Newly Elected Mayor of Paden City Rick Casteel also rode in the parade and the Shriners in their mini cars delighted the spectators along the way. The parade which in always held on Labor Day Monday is usually the culmination of the four day celebration in the small community, however this year due to the COVID-19 Virus the rest of the annual affair was put on hold until next year. Plans are always on going for the next years celebration and organizer Susan Wade says this is no different. “We will be working on and off throughout the year to plan and even bigger event next year. Keeping the tradition alive is important to our town,”said Wade. “With everything happening in the world today, we decided this was what we needed. She added she was very pleased with the parade and the turnout of those who came to watch, a big thank you to all who came out in support!”

The annual event normally takes place on Main Street as they close off the area in front of the city complex and offer music, food and entertainment for all ages. Wade is hoping to make it bigger and better as they move forward in 2021. For those who followed the parade route the big treat was at the end of the route at the High School where the Wildcat band performed several of their tunes under the direction of Band Director Mrs. Price.