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I am reproducing this article using the USA Spelling of "labor", the balance of the article is in UK English ~ Labor Day celebrates and honours American workers and Labor Day parades are definitely an important part of the festive spirit of Labor Day. Participating in them by attending is a great way to spend a part of your Labor Day celebrations.
- Check out the Labor Day parades happening in your area. If your local area has a parade, it is worth having a look at it. If there isn't one close, work out where the nearest one is being held and make plans to travel there for the day.
- Arrive on time. Most times, unless you're in a sleepy town, turning up as the parade is about to happen is a guarantee of a back row standing position. Check out the area beforehand, ask people about the times that they think are ideal for turning up and getting a good position. It might also be possible to phone the event organizers and ask them about their suggestions for prime locations and timing. Ensure that small children can see by placing them in front row areas.
- Be prepared for the weather. Keep an eye on the forecast. If there are any threatened showers, or sudden changes, or even searing heat, be sure to carry appropriate clothing, food, and drink. Take along appropriate street furniture too; a fold-up stool or chair, a blanket to sit on, etc.
- Prepare your Labor Day supporting props. Dress in national coloors if you would like to since Labor Day is a patriotic occasion too, or wear a favourite outfit, or a work-related uniform or outfit. Carry a flag or wear a logo on your clothing that expresses support for your trade or profession. Other props include streamers, confetti, noisemakers, flags, tattoos (temporary), ribbons, etc. If there is a theme, wear a relevant costume.
- Plan to go to a Labor Day in a special place sometimes. Perhaps you'd like to see how New York City, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, or Las Vegas celebrate Labor Day? If so, save up the pennies and book flights in advance. Make it an "end-of-summer" trip and enjoy some sightseeing too. It pays to check all the things mentioned in the steps above well in advance of your trip, so that you enjoy it as much as possible.
- Always check in advance whether your "props" are permissible; some authorities don't like the noise or mess caused by items such as confetti and noisemakers and will ban them.
- If your workplace is one where everyone gets along, suggest a get together on Labor Day at the parade – watch the parade in honour of the work you and your colleagues do, then have a party or eat-out afterward.
- It can be great fun for kids to dress up in professions or trades that interest them and take them along to the Parade dressed this way.
Of course if you simply cannot attend a parade for whichever reason, celebrations can be held at your home. Invite work colleagues, family members and friends to dress up in employment-related themes, and perhaps bring along a traditional and patriotic dish for the meal.
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