Annual Labour Day Parade Ready To Roll

A balance of fun and community activism, that's how Brian Hogan describes this year's Labour Day Parade.

The president of the Windsor and District Labour Council says Monday's parade will cumulate with a car show, children's activities, food, and drinks. However, there's still a serious note to the celebration between unions and community outreach organizations throughout Windsor-Essex.

Hogan tells AM800 News the opioid epidemic, NAFTA, poverty, and politics will be discussed when they arrive at the Fogolar Furlan Club Monday.

"The keynote speakers [Unifor Local 444] Dave Cassidy and [Essex MP] Tracey Ramsay will be talking about trade issues. Obviously, trade is certainly important to all of Canada, but in particular this region," he says. "I'll be focused on all three levels of government in particular with the coming election."

He says the annual event is a reminder to take a moment to be upset about an issue, then get busy trying to fix it.

"Roll up our sleeves and say how can I make this a better community for my family, our kids and grandkids, and our neediest citizens," says Hogan. "There's nothing coming out of the mayor's office about those kinds of things."

The event will be collecting non-perishable food donations for the Unemployed Help Centre — a partnership that Hogan says is part of the struggle to make things better for everyone.

"How can we in the labour movement help make this Windsor-Essex region better for all citizens? In particular, we should all be worrying about our neediest citizens so we build alliances with poverty activists," he added.

The parade departs the Unifor Local 444 and 200 Union Hall on Turner Rd. at 10am Monday before heading down Walker Rd to the E.C. Row Service Rd.

Festivities will begin after some short speeches at the Fogolar Furlan Club.

— with files from AM800's Peter Langille.