We’re excited to participate in the South East Side Labor Day Parade!
The far Southeast Side of Chicago has always had a strong connection to the labor movement, unions, and its values. At one point the region was the largest steel producer in the world, providing the iron and steel that helped build this City. Chicago’s Southeast Side is where the Chicago Labor Day Parade first began its journey. In 1959 the first Chicago Labor Day Parade, then referred to as the East Side Labor Day Parade, became the prideful icon of the neighborhood.
With the steel mills in operations and working families employed at U.S, Wisconsin, Republic, and Pressed Steel, the booming economy of the neighborhood gave rise to the celebration of union and labor achievements. The parade ran strongly for over 30 years until its decline in 1993. Now, years later the tradition was revived by 10th Ward Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza in September of 2015 with the support of local businesses, unions, and community members.
As such, we mark this important holiday with the 2019 Southeast Side Labor Day Parade, which occurs Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 12pm and runs north on Ewing from 112th to Calumet Park. Organized and ran by the Chicago Federation of Labor and 10th Ward Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza, the parade seeks to celebrate union pride, solidarity, and community togetherness.
For more information, visit For more information, visit www.chicagolaborparade.com.