The 2012 Labor Day Parade conducted by the Western Kentucky Labor Day Committee will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, September 3. The parade will follow Broadway starting at 14th Street and ending at 2nd Street after making a turn onto 2nd Street toward Jefferson. Each year, the Labor Day Parade averages 60-70 entries.
Before the parade begins in the Paducah Power parking lot (1500 Broadway), the Labor Day Committee will present a trophy and commemorative medals to members of the McCracken County Mustang Marching Band. The Labor Day Parade will be the first public march of the McCracken County High School band. The school, which consolidates Lone Oak, Heath, and Reidland High Schools, currently is under construction and set to open in 2013. After the parade in the downtown parking lot between Broadway and Jefferson, there will be political speaking starting at noon, food and merchant vendors, inflatables for the kids, and four bands. The bands will play until 5 p.m. The Farmers' Market will be open.
For those who live, work, or travel through downtown, please be aware that the downtown parking lot between Broadway and Jefferson will be closed to the public on Monday, September 3 from 6 a.m. until the festivities end at 5 p.m. At 7 a.m. Broadway will be closed between 14th and 19th Streets to allow for the marshaling of the parade entries. Broadway from 14th Street to Water Street will close at 9 a.m. and remain closed until the parade safety passes.
Pets are allowed at parades. However, for the public’s safety, Chapter 14 of the City of Paducah Code of Ordinances lists three requirements to bring a dog to a special community event such as a parade or festival. The dog must be
licensed by McCracken County Animal Control or by any other state or county,
restrained by a leash or other lead that is no longer than three feet, and
restrained by a muzzle.