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Labor Day Parade

"Scenes from the colorful Labor Day Parade, in which 1000 persons, including some 50 units took part...The parade began at Benton and Calhoun, went to Commercial, down to Boonville, up Boonville to the square, then on to Pershing...the marching unit of the Meat Cutters No. 536, [left], [was photographed] marching up Boonville Hill. At right is the colorful purple and white Women's International Union Label League float, one of the most attractive in the bright parade. Parade chairman was George Hays, a member of the bus drivers' union; Elmer Nuttleman was grand marshal. City and county officials were a part of the big procession , which took two hours to line up."

Leader & Press, September 8, 1953.


The photograph of the American Federation of Grain Millers International Local No. 52, left, marching up Boonville was not one of the photographs published in the newspaper but survives in the News-Leader Photograph Collection. Other photographs of parades can be viewed at From the Darkroom.

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