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Thousands turn out for Dubuque's annual Labor Day parade

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Thousands of people turned out for Dubuque's annual Labor Day parade on Monday.

Among those marching in the parade were labor unions' local chapters, youth marching bands and political candidates.

Former Democratic state representative and senator Mike Connolly, from Dubuque, marched in the parade. He said Labor Day is a time to reflect on how labor unions have shaped the American workforce over the years.

"Often times, people forget what the labor movement did to get the 40-hour week, paid vacation, health care," Connolly said. "None of those things would have came into being without organized labor and the union movement -- people pulling together."

The parade spanned two hours as it wound through downtown Dubuque.

It is an annual Labor Day tradition in the Key City that spans decades.

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