Our Day in the 10th Ward
On Saturday, August 31, the traditional 10th Ward Southeast Side Labor Day Parade stepped off from 112th St. at Ewing Avenue near Eggers Grove and made its yearly procession to Calumet Park. The parade celebrates the traditional meaning of Labor Day, which has been observed in the 10th Ward since 1959 to honor the contributions working class people have made to the city and its neighborhoods. Fun fact: back in the day, this was Chicago’s first Labor Day Parade, and was known at that time as the East Side Labor Day Parade. My, how our town has grown!
This year, the parade was organized and run by staffers and volunteers from the office of 10th Ward Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza, the Chicago Federation of Labor, and by volunteers from across the Ward itself.
The parade units in the Southeast Side formation are 10th Ward proud and old-school serious. Reps from unions such as Iron Workers Local 63, Sprinkler Fitters Local 281, UFCW Local 881 and IBEW Local 134 to name a few, along with neighborhood schools, local businesses, and non-profits marched in formation while family and friends cheered from the sidelines.
We at Byline respect and approve of events like this one, which demonstrates a spirit of neighborhood tradition and pride, and continuing evidence of Chicago’s rich history and core values. We were happy that we could be a part of the experience too, right alongside our own local friends and families.
Byline has been a proud and integral part of Chicagoland for more than 100 years, and we take our responsibility to our neighborhoods very seriously. It’s an honor to be a trusted bank where we live and work, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to give back our own time and talents to the people around us who keep their neighborhoods strong and vibrant. We’re just where we want to be.
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