Northeast Wisconsin celebrates Labor Day

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY-TV) Some folks in northeast Wisconsin took in the Labor Day holiday outside enjoying the nice weather.

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Kids scooping up candy, music playing, American flags and family were all part of a parade in the Neenah-Menasha area celebrating Labor Day.

"Yeah kind of a last hurrah, being able to come down in the parade, our kids love parades,” Tara Strasburg said. “So any reason to come and celebrate is fun. It was a really fun parade."

The parade was put on by the Fox Valley Area Labor Council, which organized its 35th Annual Labor Celebration.

It’s a day to remember the country's labor movement and the American workers that help make our country prosper.

"Our way of saying thank you to all the workers of the Fox Valley area,” Mark Westpahl of the Fox Labor Area Council said. “All that they contribute to the economy and their employers, just to let people know that we appreciate what they do all year long."

Two Labor Day picnics were also held in northeast Wisconsin by the Fox Valley Area Labor and Greater Green Bay Labor Councils.

Grills fired up, the public gathered and an afternoon without work was enjoyed.

"Whether, they're cooking hamburgers or sewing a uniform, whatever the case may be, their still providing a service," said Kerri Guseck of the Greater Green Bay Labor Council

Proceeds from the event in Green Bay benefits homeless shelters and food pantries.