The Labor Day Parade returns to Pittsburgh in September

Pittsburgh’s annual Labor Day Parade returns this year after being canceled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Allegheny-Fayette’s Central Labor Council has announced that the parade will take place on Monday, September 6th from 10am

Pittsburgh’s Labor Day Parade is one of the largest and oldest in America, according to the Labor Council.

It has often featured special guests, including Joe Biden, before he was elected president.

“This week a year ago we announced that the Labor Day Parade in Pittsburgh had been canceled for the first time in history,” said Labor Council President Darrin Kelly. “It was the right and only choice because our only priority during the pandemic was protecting our workers and our communities.”

But now that more people have been vaccinated in the Pittsburgh area, Kelly stated that he would not hesitate to bring the parade back this year.

“We promised that we would come back. A year later we’re back, stronger than ever, ”he said. “And we can’t wait to be back on the streets of Pittsburgh celebrating our history and the heroic work that so many of our people have done to overcome this public health and economic crisis.”

When the parade was canceled last year, Kelly announced that the Labor Council would instead hold a “Labor Day Weekend of Service Honoring Frontline Workers,” which includes emergency food distribution and voluntary cleansing of parks and veterans’ memorials.

The “Weekend of Service” will continue this year, said Kelly.

“Service is what unions are all about,” said Kelly. “We saw enormous participation and enthusiasm for our first service weekend and we look forward to continuing it this year.”

Paul Guggenheimer is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or

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