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Milwaukee gathers for annual Laborfest

Posted: 6:41 PM, Sep 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-03 23:44:25Z

The rain didn't dampen the enthusiasm at Milwaukee's annual Laborfest on Monday. 

Laborfest, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by the Milwaukee Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO. 

"This is a celebration of working people," said Annie Wacker, Laborfest's Chairperson. "It's important we recognize and celebrate what they do."

Wacker said the festival is in its 41st year. 

"I don't think you'll find a city that's more pro-union and pro-worker than Milwaukee," she said. 

A parade that began at 4th & Wisconsin and ended at Henry Maier Festival Park kicked off the day's festivities. 

Steve Breitlow, a member of the Plumber's Union, was among the people marching. 

"It feels good to have everybody down here in solidarity across the group, and all the trades working together," he said. 

"It's similar to a job site," Breitlow added. "Everybody works together to accomplish one goal."