Kids steal the show at Milford Labor Day parade

MILFORD, N.H. (WCAX) Music, fire trucks, veterans and floats: Milford's annual Labor Day parade does not disappoint.

"Have a great time, listen to the music and look at all our great band of crew here," said Martin "Happy" Koechel, one of the New Hampshire Shriner clowns.

And there were plenty more clowns rolling through the streets, as well. But on this day, it's the kids who really steal the show.

Jayden Evans/Boy Scout: Because I like doing the Boy Scouts.
Reporter Adam Sullivan: And you like marching?
Jayden Evans: Yeah.

In case anyone got a little out of line, a group of martial artists stood ready to keep them in check.

"I get to be with my friends and I get to do a lot of fun stuff," said Aidan Weissensee of Tokyo Joe's Studio.

Superheroes were also on hand, along with marching bands from around the region.

"Because you get to listen to a lot of fun songs," said Ellie, who watched the parade.

"And especially they bring candy," said Makayla, another young paradegoer.

Some years, this parade is filled with presidential candidates looking to make their mark in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary. But this year, that race is still more than a year away.

"Every once in a while we let the presidential candidates come in. But this year, it's about the locals. It's about the state," said Gov. Chris Sununu, R-New Hampshire.

Those running for state offices were out shaking hands. New Hampshire does have an election a week from Tuesday.

"We are having a good time," said Rep. Annie Kuster, D-New Hampshire. "Happy Labor Day! Have a great day out there!"

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders marched in this parade when he was running for president but no Sanders on this day, though he did speak at a Labor Day breakfast just down the road.