Federation of Labor AFL-CIO cancels annual East Moline Labor Day Parade

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Large machinery representing the city of Moline rolls under the flag Monday during the 36th annual Quad-City Labor Day Parade Alliance held in East Moline.

Rock Island County Sheriff Jerry Bustos hands out candy along the parade route of the 36th Annual Quad-City Labor Day Parade Alliance held on Sept. 2, 2019, in East Moline..

Kids and adults scramble to pick up the loose candy along 5th Ave. on Monday during the 36th Annual Quad-City Labor Day Parade Alliance held in East Moline.

A John Deere S770 combine rolls along on 5th Ave., Monday, September 2, 2019, during the 36th Annual Quad-City Labor Day Parade Alliance held in East Moline.

A John Deere 8370R tractor rolls along Sept. 2, 2019, during the 36th annual Labor Day Parade in East Moline.

A large crane representing the International Union of Operating Engineers rolls under the flag along 5th Ave., Monday, September 2, 2019, during the 36th Annual Quad-City Labor Day Parade Alliance held in East Moline.

The Quad City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, along with the QC Labor Day Parade Alliance, has canceled the 37th annual East Moline Labor Day Parade normally held in September.

The decision was made because of Illinois Gov. JB  Pritzker’s COVID-19 guidelines and in the interest of public safety, according to a news release.

“For the safety of our community, and due to the Illinois Governor’s COVID response plan, it is not possible to have a safe family community event this year," QC Federation of Labor President Dino Leone said in the release.

The annual parade is the only Labor Day parade in the Quad Cities completely operated and staffed by volunteer union labor. The parade would have been held on Monday, Sept. 7, with a traditional kickoff at the Deere Harvester Plant.

The QC Labor Day Parade Alliance was involved in the operational decision.

“The parade committee is dedicated to having the best parade in our history next year in 2021," said Mike Malmstrom, longtime parade volunteer.

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via The Quad-City Times

July 28, 2020 at 07:48PM

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