The Bloomington-Normal Trades and Labor Assembly announced that the 2020 Bloomington Labor Day Parade has been canceled due to coronavirus restrictions and risks.
The assembly is looking at other options and social media to provide a voice to workers' concerns and to mark the holiday.
According to a press release, Ronn Morehead, Bloomington-Normal Trades and Labor Assembly president, stated that "it was not an easy decision, but the last thing we want in the current health situation is to have large crowds gathering.”
This year's theme was set to be "150 Years of Struggle: Your Right to Vote.”
The parade would be used to bring light to the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment, which extended voting rights to African American males in 1870, and the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 while the Bloomington Labor Day Parade originated in 1891. The annual Bloomington parade tradition ended in 1927 but started back up in 1977.
Since 1977, the tradition has only missed one year due to a severe thunderstorm.