MASSENA Organized labor will take the spotlight on Monday when the 33rd annual Solidarity Day parade winds through Massenas streets.
Labor groups, bands and local politicians will line up at 10 a.m. at Willow and Center streets and step off at 11 a.m., heading to Springs Park for a post-parade picnic for parade participants.
Guests marching in Mondays parade include state Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome; Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, D-Theresa; St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole M. Duve and St. Lawrence County coroner candidate Eric Warner.
The Massena High School Marching Band will also be part of the parade.
This years Solidarity Day Parade Committee co-chairs are Ronald P. McDougall, president of the Central Trades and Labor Council, and Randy Woodside, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2032.
Mr. McDougall said committee members have been meeting to plan Mondays event.
Weve been getting things lined up. Now were just anxiously waiting. The big thing is watching the weather. A week or so ago the forecast was pretty good. Things have changed, he said.
The forecast as of Friday is predicting showers and thunderstorms Monday morning.
Well take the usual route. It takes a shortcut to get by Spankys, on to Main Street, down to South Main and then a huge picnic (at Springs Park, West Hatfield Street) for parade participants after recognizing organized labor, Mr. McDougall said.
As this years Solidarity Day parade gets set to begin, he said, there are a couple of north country issues that are on the minds of organized labor the potential privatization of Massena Memorial Hospital and the planned relocation of inpatient services at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg.
Employees at both locations belong to the Civil Services Employees Association. Some hospital employees are represented by the New York State Nurses Association.
As part of Mondays events at Springs Park, a raffle drawing will be held for $10,000 and other cash prizes. Tickets to benefit Massenas Solidarity Day Parade are now available at Frenchies Chevrolet.
Tickets are $10.
The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 cash, with second prize of $5,000, third prize of $1,000, fourth prize of $500, fifth prize of $400, sixth prize of $300, seventh prize of $200 and eighth prize of $100.
Were trying to raise money for underwriting the cost associated with this, which is substantial. When youre feeding a couple thousand people, it costs money, Mr. McDougall said.