Optimism, Unofficial Theme of Labor Day Parade

It's what many of us do on Labor Day; don't work to celebrate our jobs. Many enjoyed the holiday by lining the streets of downtown for the Septemberfest Labor Day parade.

Before an handmade eagle mounted to a trailer "soared" through the streets of downtown Omaha on a route that would take members of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 3, south on 16th to Capitol, Randy Fleecs said there was already a calming sense, a sense of rebirth in his industry.

"One more year and another full year of work, [I’m] very optimistic, we've got a lot of buildings going up, a lot of mechanical going. It's going to be good for this year and for years to come,” Fleecs said.

Several locals were on hand as thousands took to the streets with the same feeling, coupled with a 4.6% unemployment rate last month, the jobs picture in Omaha is described as pretty good. The city has 14,000 construction workers, Todd Crisman is among them.

"Carry on the tradition of Labor Day and just show our pride in our union and to let the community know we are out here and we are apart of the community. We are the ones out here advancing this city, the city grows because of the work that we do,” Crisman said.

The festivities and events continue through the evening at Lot D at Century Link Center for the Septemberfest: Salute to Labor annual carnival

Tickets are $4 and gates remained open through midnight Monday. A free shuttle service is also running from Gallup, Miller's Landing and the former Rick's Cafe Boatyard parking lot until 8 o’clock.

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