September 06, 2015

Annual Labor Day Parade, Sept. 6th, 2015

The 23rd Annual Labor Day Parade, co-sponsored by the American Labor Museum/Botto House Natonal Landmark, the Borough of Haledon and the City of Paterson, takes place on Sunday, September 6th, 2015.  Step-off is at 1:30 PM at the Botto House in Haledon.  The parade finishes at the  Great Falls Historic District in the City of Paterson, where the Great Falls Festival will be taking place.

On September 6th the Museum will be open to visitors, the Museum Store will be open to the public before the parade step-off, and the Workers and Their Parade by Gary Schoichet's Labor Day Parade exhibit of photography will open to the public and will remain on display through December 31, 2015.

This year's labor Day Parade will be lead by Grand Marshals Patrick LoPresti, President and Anthony Caifano, Secretary-Treasurer of the Amalgamated Lithographers of America, Local 1, International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT).  Local 1's history spans more than 125 years.  Local 1 continually strive to improve and secure working conditions, wages and benefits for workers employed in the graphic communications industry throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Vermont.  As of 2011, Local 1 represents more than 4,000 members.  Local 1's parent organization, the Graphic Communications Conference of the Teamsters (GCC/IBT), is the largest graphic trades union in the US and Canada, and serves almost 70,000 members.

Community organizations, unions, businesses, cultural groups, and individuals interested in joining this historic march may contact the Museum at (973) 595-7953 or by emailing labormuseum@aol.com.  A Commemorative Journal records the names of participants and all those who make donations to defray the cost of the parade.  Parade sponsors may donate $100 to have their names recorded on a Commemorative Mug.  Contributions of $200 enable a donor to have a listing on the Labor Day Parade T-shirt.

It was on June 28, 1894 that President Grover Cleveland, a native of Caldwell, New Jersey, signed the bill that made Labor Day a legal national holiday.  In that same year, on Monday, September 3, 1894, the first official holiday was celebrated and every first Monday of September thereafter.

For further information about the Great Falls Festival, please contact the Office of the Mayor, City of Paterson at (973) 321-1600.