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Labor Day Holiday Parades and Events

 Here is a list of parades in California

Paul Bunyan Labor Day Parade in Fort Bragg celebrates the fictional lumberjack, a burly guy who could wield a mighty ax and cut down big trees with ease. Paul Bunyan Days festival weekend celebrates with log sawing contests and other physical challenges, as well as a festival with music, food and the parade.

Labor Day, the federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September, was created over 100 years ago to celebrate and pay tribute to the economic and social contributions of workers.  Most Americans see it as the end of summer, the last chance to take a vacation before the kids go back to school, the last time to relax and go to the beaches and mountains before ski season. It's as much a state of mind as a day off. For sports fans, it also is an exciting time-- NFL, college football and NCAA teams usually play their first games, with basketball  soon on its way.


  • Cambria -  Sunday, August 31, 2014. The Pinedorado Parade kicks off the Labor Day weekend festivities Saturday morning. After the parade the Pinedorado grounds off Main Street, offer barbecues, kids games, prizes, face-painting, food booths, kiddie cars, an Art Show, and live music. The event runs the entire Labor Day Weekend.
  • Fort Bragg - Mon. Sept. 1, 2014 on Pine St. at 11 a.m. This is part of Paul Bunyan Days celebration (Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2014).
  • Marina - Saturday August 30, 2014. Join the largest Labor Day parade in Monterey County with a military color guard, marching bands, classic cars and dancers from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Music, food and fun abound at the festival at the end of the parade route.
  • Nicolaus (Sutter County) - Monday, Sep 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. 22nd Annual Nicolaus Labor Day Parade in Nicolaus across from the Parish Hall and Church on Marcum Road. This event draws thousands of people. Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m.
  • Santa Paula - Sept. 1, 2014. Annual Labor Day Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Main Street (downtown)
  • Willow Creek - August 30, 2014. Celebrate Bigfoot Days with the annual Labor Day Weekend parade on Saturday.
  • Wilmington - Monday, Sept 1, 2014, the march begins at 10 a.m. The LA/Long Beach Labor Coalition and SAG-AFTRA Labor Day Parade starts at Broad and E Street going south on Avalon Blvd. to Banning Park in Wilmington, where a rally (at Noon) will include speakers, music and food, with shuttles back to the start point.
    Where: Broad and E Street, Wilmington, CA to Banning Park, 1331 Eubank Ave, Wilmington, CA 90744 Cost: Free

The contentious side of labor is the strife in earning a buck. With current hiring in the state not making up for lost jobs this summer, the job market continues to be a tough one for those looking to work. Nowhere is the issue of "labor" more visible than in state and local governments in California. Except for a few cities, nearly every municipality has spent the past several years trying to curb cost with reduction of staff, reduction of services and negotiation with labor unions for reduced benefits. Just yesterday (Tuesday, Aug. 28)  labor leaders representing more than 1.5 million public employees and retirees said that a new deal reached is a violation of collecting bargaining rights. The reforms for new employees include an annual pension cap, contributions of at least half of their pension costs and a higher retirement age for full benefits. Current employees will not see changes nor reduction in retiree health care costs, which are skyrocketing.

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