*** WEATHER *** The weather promises to be HOT for Labour Day with the humidex getting up into the mid to high 30s. If you are susceptible to such temperatures, please be safe and consider not marching but meeting everyone back at the park.
Please consider bringing a water to those who are marching. The last HOT Labour Day parade we had two medical emergencies from members who were faint and/or collapsed from heat stroke. Please be realistic with your own expectations. We have First Aid on-site in the park, but the parade is a different matter.
MUSIC – We will have a return engagement of Troy Harmer and the Persuaders at Labour Day this year. The band are members of the Hamilton Musicians Guild (AFM 294). KIDS – ETFO Halton and the Oakville and District Labour Council are covering the costs for facepainters for the young and young at heart. Thanks for their commitment to our event.
The Workers’ Arts and Heritage Centre is also planning family-friendly events in the park as well.
GARBAGE – There will be 15-20 garbage cans throughout the park, please use them and do not leave garbage at your local’s site or on the ground. We need to be responsible stewards of the park while we’ve rented it.
SPEECHES – We will have a short round of speeches starting at 12:15 and running until about 12:30.
SET UP – Your union local can set up a tent and supplies for your local, post-parade, at the park anytime starting from 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. HDLC will be setting up from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and security will be in place from 2 p.m. Sunday until the end of the picnic on Monday including overnight.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH – We have upwards of 25 community groups who will be tabling at the Labour Day picnic this year. Please take the time to visit their tables and learn about some of the great work our community and coalition partners do.
FREE PARKING – There are hundreds of spots in the Metrolinx parking lot that runs alongside the train tracks under Bay Street. The entrance is off of James Street, but continues all the way to Queen Street. There are elevators and stairs to bring you up to Bay Street. If the parking in the Bayfront lots are full, please consider this option!
PLEASE! Everyone have fun! Stay safe and recognize your limitations. In Solidarity, Anthony Marco President, Hamilton and District Labour Council