Labor Day comes once a year, but the celebration has been going on all weekend in Northfield -- and Monday the crowd just couldn't wait for the parade to begin.
This year's theme is a 'Winter Wonderland.' And as the snow balls flew, the crowd enjoyed the entertainment -- and the Norwich University Cadets. "They're a sight to behold. You know they're only together for a couple of weeks and they look like they've been together forever," said parade organizer Marguerite Moore.
And for anyone coming out to the parade for the first time, looking on as the cadets march by is a great way to spend the holiday. "There's something about it and I think especially the Norwich Cadets, seeing them walk down and march and the band was just phenomenal. I've never seen anything like it," said local resident Tracy Lavallee.
Visitors from as far as Maine came out for the festivities. The Northfield Observances Board spends all year working to make sure onlookers get the show they've been waiting for. "It's the last hoorah before everyone kind of hibernates for the winter. And it's a good parade -- we put a lot of effort into it," Moore said.
That effort becomes a stage for participants -- and the non-profits they're here to support -- like the Shriners Hospitals. "We go out to spread the word about the Shriners. We have 22 hospitals for children that we help children with spinal diseases, bone diseases and burns and this is my little way of getting the word out there that we're willing to help," said one Shriner.
Go-carts, antique cars, monster trucks -- the Labor Day parade is a celebration that has taken place here for more than three decades.
And next year will be no different. So be sure to arrive early and get a front row seat to the Northfield Labor Day Parade.
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