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Clarksville celebrates Labor Day with parade for first time in 29 years

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - The rainy weather didn't dampen spirits at the Labor Day parade in Clarksville. For the first time in decades, the city held a parade. The theme: "Celebrating Our Heritage"

Monday's parade was no ordinary event. It was the first Labor Day parade the town has seen in nearly 30 years.

For the first time since 1983, the parade began. As the parade started, Kelly Banks, of Clarksville said, "I think it's great!"

Cary Stemle is Chair of the Clarksville Parade Committee.

"This is part of that effort to bring more focus back to Eastern Boulevard. And also Clarksville, the wider sense of Clarksville," he said.

Some 300 people were in the parade and many others watched. Danielle Anderson, of Louisville, brought her family to watch along Eastern Boulevard.

"My son loves parades and he just though it would be great," Anderson said.

There were some unique floats like a "hillbilly-American" type float to floats celebrating our heritage and history. Jack, 3, had his favorite, "There's that big fire truck," he said as he pointed to it.

Clarksville native, Kelly Banks, brought her family to see the parade decades in the making.

"I think we're trying to beautify Clarksville and build it up," Banks said. "And I think this is a good start."

Richard Geary remembers the 1983 parade. For him the event meant more to him than a band and floats.

"Yes sir, it does," Geary said to WAVE 3's David Williams. "Clarksville has 10,000 years of history and it's nice to see it represented out here.

Stemle said you won't have to wait another 29 years to see the Labor Day parade again. He said event organizers plan on doing it next year.

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