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Labor Day Celebration in Prosser Includes a Holiday Parade

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Prosser --  For many, Labor Day marks a symbolic end to summer. Others see it as a day to go shopping.  But the holiday was actually created 125 years ago as a day off for the working man.

In Prosser, there were plenty of working men and women on the streets this morning, spending part of their day off in the center of town, with hundreds of others, lining the traditional parade route.  As usual, there were the bands, beauty queens, floats and football players.  Mayor Linda Lusk waved to the crowd, and a contingent of cars and trucks from the police and fire departments were on hand.  Officers from Sunnyside, and Benton County deputies joined Prosser's men in blue for the ride downtown. 

On the more serious side, Labor Day was a tough sell for politicians back in 1882. In fact, it took two years to get it listed as a federal holiday.  Even then, it was pressure from the voters that forced the President's hand.  Grover Cleveland's views on organized labor were oppositional, and widely recognized.  Cleveland is said to have balked before finally bowing to the pressure of the public.