Jeff Martin of Hanover drives a Teamsters mini tractor-trailer for the Harrisburg Local 776 presentation during the York-Adams Central Labor Council s 2011
Jeff Martin of Hanover drives a Teamsters mini tractor-trailer for the Harrisburg Local 776 presentation during the York-Adams Central Labor Council s 2011 Labor Day Parade. (Bill Kalina Photo)

As the end of summer brings barbecues, picnics and pool parties, York City will get its own taste of Labor Day fanfare when the parade comes to town.

The 24th annual York-Adams Central Labor Council's Labor Day Parade will step off at Small Athletic Field at 10 a.m. and make its way to Kiwanis Lake for a free, family-friendly day of fun, said publicity chair Alan Vandersloot.

"We're happy we've been able to keep it together for 24 straight years now," he said.

Other festivities include a flea market, food vendors, fireworks and a youth fishing derby. The derby is a chance for kids who don't often get out and fish to try out the sport, Vandersloot said.

Prizes, trophies and ther goodies will be given to the winners, he said.

Vehicle display: Local construction and military vehicles will also make an appearance, including BAE Systems' armored Bradley vehicles, Vandersloot said.

"It's an event to showcase that York has a rich history, especially of industrial activity," he said.

This year's parade theme is Labor Protecting America, and the parade's grand marshals will be volunteers and first responders who keep the country safe, Vandersloot said.

About 3,000 or 4,000 people come to watch the parade each year, and it's always a good time, he said.

"We're just hoping more folks come out," he said. "Parades are always fun."

-Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.


If you go

What: The 24th annual York Labor Day Parade, including a youth fishing derby, flea market, food vendors and fireworks

Where: Kiwanis Lake, York City

When: 8 a.m. till dusk Monday; parade steps off at Small Athletic Field at 10 a.m.

How: To participate in the parade, call organizer Alan Vandersloot at 771-3806.