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Crowds gather to mark Rochester-s Labor Day Parade_53927245

Dozens of people lined the streets of downtown Rochester to show their support during the annual Labor Day parade.

Ed Griffiths came to watch, saying he felt that he needed to be at this parade 

“I’m a very big supporter of the union and labor built this country this great country that we live in,” said Griffiths. “And I’m just so proud to be here in this country and enjoy everything week that we have to do

Griffiths is a UAW Local 1097 retiree. He says this country would not be where it is today without unions.

“(There) would be no holiday pay, there wouldn’t be a vacation day, sick days,” said Griffiths. “You know the unions have done so much to help the health and well-being of the family unit.”

Everyone from first responders, labor unions, and community groups were marching to support the men and women of the community.

“It’s a brotherhood,” said Aubrey Conti. “It’s really great to see everybody come together”

“There’s a lot of people who work really hard and fight hard to get us where we are with our salary and good benefits,” said Angie Rivera, the president of the Rochester Association of Paraprofessionals. “So many, many years ago people got together and we’re celebrating those people.”

Rivera says she hopes the unity that was shown at this year’s Labor Day parade is something they will still celebrating in the future.

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