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Peoria Labor Day Parade Canceled For 2nd Straight Year

Marchers from IBEW Local 34 participate in the 2019 Peoria Labor Day Parade.
IBEW Local 34
Marchers from IBEW Local 34 participate in the 2019 Peoria Labor Day Parade.

Peoria will go without a Labor Day Parade for the second consecutive year.

Tom McLaughlin, president of the Labor Council of West Central Illinois, on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the Sept. 6 parade and picnic at the Riverfront.

“After much thought regarding the safety of our residents, we made the tough decision to cancel this year’s Labor Day Parade,” McLaughlin said in a statement. “The unions in central Illinois first and foremost want to keep families safe. We look forward to getting back to normal in 2022.”

The COVID-19 pandemic also forced the labor council and Peoria Area Community Events (PACE) to postpone last year’s Labor Day festivities.

PACE previously announced cancellations of the 49th annual Steamboat Days Festival that had been scheduled for this past weekend, and the 40th Taste of Peoria planned for Aug. 11. The Santa Claus Parade remains scheduled for Nov. 23.

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