Labor Day observed locally, in state

A member of the United Steelworkers of America union passes out candy to parade goers during the Labor Day Parade in Ishpeming. The parade was a part of the 29th annual Labor Day Festival hosted by the Marquette Alger Community Labor Council and the U.P. Regional Labor Federation. This year’s theme was “Still Standing, Still Strong.” The festival continued with a picnic and rallly with speeches from union officals and labor-endorsed candidates. (Journal photo by Trinity Carey)

ISHPEMING — A good crowd lined streets in the city of Ishpeming Monday for the annual Labor Day Festival parade and related activities.

Dozens of floats and displays were included in the parade, which ended with a picnic and rally.

The annual walk across the Mackinac Bridge drew tens of thousands of people, officials reported.

Organizers made changes to the 61st annual event and allowed to begin from either end of the bridge connecting Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas. Participants could turn around after 2 1/2 miles or make a full 10-mile lap between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace.

Axel Anderson of Linden said he had made the bridge crossing at least 25 times and was looking forward to a “fun challenge” and doing the full double crossing.

A Steelworkers float in the Ishpeming parade is pictured. (Journal photos by Trinity Carey)

Gov. Rick Snyder led walkers onto the bridge for his final time as governor. Snyder says he beat his previous best time by crossing the bridge in just over 54 minutes.

Organizers estimated at least 25,000 people took part Monday.

Thousands of walkers cross the five-mile Mackinac Bridge, which connects St. Ignace and Mackinaw City on Labor Day, walking both north, left, and south. (AP photo)