Septemberfest Parade Marks Labor Day

Here’s a sure sign of the holiday – the annual Septemberfest parade in downtown Omaha.

Hundreds of people turned out for the festivities that included music, candy, cheerleaders and a few giant cartoon characters trying to fly.

With the roads blocked off, the annual parade took over downtown Omaha. Nearly 100 displays and 3,000 people filled the streets to entertain the crowds.

Septemberfest Parade

For Tom Swoboda, the parade means carrying on a family tradition. His family has been going to the parade for many years.

"My father-in-law, bless his soul, he passed away, he came here for 30 years," he said. "He brought us as kids and friends, family and I won’t stop coming until I can’t anymore."

Kenya Louis came out to the parade with her dad and sister. Her favorite part, was the marching bands.

"Because they’re just loud and I just like music a lot," she said.

Claire and Carly also came out today with their candy bags ready and waiting to be filled. Though they both said they enjoyed the parade, they admitted they were a little sad to have the day off of school.

"I wanted homework," Claire said.

One of the biggest spectacles in the parade was the giant inflatable balloons. Characters like Fred Flintstone, Uncle Sam and Strawberry Shortcake floated through the sky. Most of the balloons were about 40 feet long and were filled with 38,000 cubic feet of helium.

"I think they’re pretty amazing," Swoboda said. "Years ago there used to be a lot more. But they’re a lot nicer and the guys control them. I know that they work hard to control them, too. They’re beautiful."

The parade is part of the annual September Fest that runs all weekend until Midnight on Monday.

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