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Detroit's Annual Labor Day parade Sept. 5th will host a special guest, President Barack Obama

Labor Day Parade        Image by Shaun Greiner via Flickr
President Barack Obama will make a speech
at the conclusion of Detroit, Michigan
annual Labor Day Parade, September 5th.
President Barack Obama will make a trip to Detroit on Monday, September 5th to give a speech before thousands at the conclusion of the annual Labor Day parade.

Obama will deliver remarks at a Labor Day event sponsored by the Metro Detroit Central Labor Council, the White House the Detroit Free Press announced today.

Obama’s visit will likely mean there could be more than 100,000 people participating in the Labor Day parade and its associated activities, Metro Detroit AFL-CIO President Saundra Williams noted. The typical crowd each year is 50,000 to 60,000.
“We’re always ready for the president to join us, and we’re very pleased that he’s coming this year,” Williams said.
President Obama is not expected to walk in the parade itself. Instead, he will give a speech afterward at a location yet to be announced. The parade begins at about 9:30 AM on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit.

Confirmed to participate in the Labor Day festivities in Detroit with President Obama, according to Williams, are AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, UAW President Bob King, International Brotherhood of Teamsters President James Hoffa and Al Garrett, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees’ 

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