It wouldn’t be Labor Day without the annual festivities in Paden City.
Their annual Labor Day parade has been going on for the past 70 years.
This is also one of only a handful of places in the mountain state that has a Labor Day parade and celebration to honor the American Workforce.
The parade in Paden City had hundreds of people lining the streets, but for many people it’s much more then just a weekend celebration.
“It’s very important not only to the city but to the state and to all working men and women, union and non-union,” said BB Smith, President of the Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler Labor Council. “It’s a day to celebrate working people. We don’t get the credit that we deserve sometimes and this is one day of the year that labor gets its due diligence.”
The Mayor of Paden City welcomed everyone that came out and he hopes that people enjoy the Labor Day festivities.
“We do this to kind of honor our working force that work hard throughout the year to help our city prosper and our country as a whole also,” said Mayor Clyde Hochstrasser. “It’s an honor to be here.”
The children that came out to the parade were so thrilled to see many things and I asked a few what they were most excited about.
Raegan Richardson from Pennsylvania said “the candy”.
Laney Worzalla from Paden City was excited for the band.
Ashton Duff from Ohio said “seeing police go by” was a favorite.
Dan Cassidy, who is a Business Agent for Local 2 Insulators said that for the union workers this day is a time to come together and that if it wasn’t for the Unions people wouldn’t have a 40 hour work week, healthcare or hourly wages.
“A day like today is very important just to show our solidarity for the people who have fought for our conditions we have now in the past and to let people know that we want to keep them,” he continued.
The festivities continue with bands playing well into the night.