For the second straight year, union members in La Crosse will have to celebrate Labor Day without the traditional north-side parade and the Copeland Park picnic. You can blame COVID-19, again, according to Bill Brockmiller from the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO.
The La Crosse parade was started 130 years ago, and Brockmiller says it has been cancelled only nine times, including this year and 2020. The parade was called off three years in a row during the early 1920’s.
Brockmiller says labor leaders made the cancellation decision in mid-August, after already planning for the parade. He says the main concern was to avoid spreading the coronavirus during the picnic at Copeland. Eau Claire also has called off Labor Day events for Monday.