The annual 11th Congressional District Labor Day Parade and Festival, started by Congressman Louis Stokes back in the 70s, is a beloved tradition that attracts people — especially candidates — from all over the city. The huge parade down Kinsman Avenue featured an army of judicial candidates and city council aspirants, as well as six of the nine candidates for mayor of Cleveland, two of the Democratic candidates for governor (Nan Whaley and Joe Schiavoni), and three other Democratic statewide candidates — Secretary of State candidate Kathleen Clyde, treasurer candidate Rob Richardson and attorney general candidate Steve Dettelbach.
Also marching were school groups, nonprofits, high school marching bands, football and cheer teams, lodges, fraternities and sororities, church groups, businesses and and city agencies, each of whom was recognized by hosting Congresswoman Marcia Fudge as they passed the reviewing stand. Afterwards there was picnicking in Luke Easter Park, entertainment on a small stage and the opportunity to shop a variety of vendors, pick up information from various local organizations, register to vote, and sign petitions to undo Ohio’s gerrymandering. There was even a Donald Trump piñata on display!
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