Many spend Labor Day savoring summer

September 1, 2008 2:37:34 PM PDT
Labor Day means the unofficial end of summer. Many celebrated the holiday with parades and cookouts. The annual African Festival of the Arts is always a popular feature of the Labor Day weekend on the city's South Side. There is so much going on around town and in the suburbs that ABC7 wanted to check out a few of those things and see how people are celebrating this last big holiday weekend of the summer.

We could not have asked for a nicer holiday weekend, and Chicagoans were out in force along the lakefront taking full advantage of it. But it wasn't just all fun in the sun. There was the WOOGMS Labor Day parade in Lakeview, where since 1963 everyone marches and nobody watches.

"In the first parade I was one of eight marchers, and there was one girl playing the only song she knew on the violin over and over," said Tony Weisman, parade marshal.

In Schaumburg there was a parade and in Naperville thousands tasted food and tried the carnival games and rides.

Back in Chicago, on the South Side, the African Festival of the Arts showcases African Music, arts and crafts. Closing the show Monday night: popular soul band Kool and the Gang.


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