GREENBELT – City residents ended their summer on a scorching hot day by watching the city’s annual Labor Day parade. “It’s a place for the community to gather on Labor Day,” Greenbelt citizen and spectator John Moore said. “It’s a tradition going back 60-something years, that gives people something to do.” Moore said the tradition […]
GREENBELT – City residents ended their summer on a scorching hot day by watching the city’s annual Labor Day parade.
“It’s a place for the community to gather on Labor Day,” Greenbelt citizen and spectator John Moore said. “It’s a tradition going back 60-something years, that gives people something to do.”
Moore said the tradition has meant a lot to the citizens in the city and is the perfect way to usher in the fall.
Hundreds of citizens gathered along Crescent Road in Old Greenbelt as the parade acts made their way through the city. Among the acts were the Eleanor Roosevelt High School cheerleading squad, hip hop dancers, classic automobiles, a double jump rope team, and even an actor posing as Eleanor Roosevelt herself.
Rodney Roberts, city councilman, said the citizens love to come out and enjoy the carnival as well as watch the parade—especially when seeing Eleanor Roosevelt’s look-a-like.
Roberts said he loves Labor Day because he knows the people of Greenbelt work especially hard, and he understands how hard it can be. “It was a good parade, I thought it was,” Roberts said. “Labor Day is one of my favorite holidays. I appreciate Labor Day because I’m a self-employed individual.”
Michael Washington, a resident of Greenbelt, said the show is a positive thing for the city because it’s entertaining, free and it brings all of the citizens of Greenbelt into one place together.
“Very community oriented. You can tell when people are driving, all of the people know each other, they all say hello to each other,” Washington said. “Old Greenbelt is a real community.”
The amount of people coming to see the show has grown over the last few years, Washington said, because of the tradition it brings to the city of Greenbelt.
“This is a tradition. This is huge. I mean, where do you go for parades anymore?” Washington said. “There aren’t too many old, established communities anymore. Grandparents, children, grandchildren all come here. And there are very few places around that still have that tradition.”
Washington said as the tradition grows older, more people will become aware of it and it will continue to grow in size. The tradition will never die off, she said, because the community of Greenbelt is too tight.
“It’s very established and people are very community-minded,” Washington said. “That’s why they live here. They enjoy this. If there wasn’t a parade, the residents would go out and make a parade.”