It’s an annual tradition that brought together a community and celebrated the importance of Labor Day.
Paden City held it’s 66th Labor Day Parade Monday with plenty of marchers, spectators, and of course candy. Hundreds gathered on the main road in Paden City on Monday afternoon for the only Labor Day parade in the Ohio Valley, and kids were especially excited to get it started for one reason: to throw and gather candy.
But, it’s a lot more than just a yearly parade full of sweets to these residents. “To celebrate the people who help our country,” said young parade spectator Lexi. “For all the hard working people,” said parade participant Abby Griffin.
“It brings attention to working families and family issues,” said long-time parade participant B.B. Smith. “I think it brings out more appreciation for the ones that do regular jobs,” said Pine Grove resident Tammy Workman.
Locals also said the city has this annual parade not only to celebrate the American Labor movement and appreciate our veterans, but it’s a great way to show the community’s youth the importance of Labor Day.
Paden City plans to continue this Labor Day parade tradition through the years, but they did say they would like to see more people come out to be in the parade, or just to watch.