Parades & Political Parties! Different Ways People Celebrate Labor Day

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NORTH TEXAS -- Every year Garland kicks off every Labor Day with a parade. People pour into the downtown area to get a glimpse of several school drill teams, cheerleaders, and floats put on a show.

"Labor Day has always been about going to the parade for 43 years," one parade-goer told NewsFix.

Besides the annual parade, barbecue, and pool party why do we celebrate a holiday with the word "labor" in it?

Well, the first Labor Day dates way back to 1882 in NYC when The Central Labor Union used the day to honor economic achievement and success of hard working Americans. Over a decade later it officially became a nationwide holiday. Ironically today, studies show 41% of employers will have some staff working this weekend. So much for partying.

There is another kind of party happening that doesn't come around every Labor Day-- a political one. The holiday marks the beginning of the race to the White House as Trump and Hillary head back to the campaign trail full speed.

People in Dallas gathered Monday for a Democratic picnic.

"People know what these candidates stands for and we should support the candidate that stands with us and that's Hillary Clinton," Dallas County Judge, Clay Jenkins explained.

We didn't hear any noise from the Republicans. Guess they decided to take Labor Day off.

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