State’s oldest Labor Day parade marks 95th year
LOWELL — Fireworks Sunday and the longest-running Labor Day parade in Indiana on Monday are among the highlights of Lowell’s annual Labor Day Parade and Festival.
The event, co-sponsored by the Lowell Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Lowell, centers around the 95th annual Labor Day Parade, “The Joy of Dancing,” which starts at 10 a.m. Monday at Dairy Queen on Commercial Avenue and winds downtown to Harding Drive where the festival begins.
A slight tweak in the festival location this year moves the event from the American Legion Post 101 on Commercial Avenue to the former Globe/Reiter property at Oakley Avenue and Harding Drive, just behind the Legion post.
Monday’s official Labor Day parade follows Sunday’s 61st annual Kiddie Parade downtown at 1 p.m. Youngsters are encouraged to dress up and decorate their bikes and wagons for a walk through the historic downtown.
Sunday is a busy day at the festival and includes the annual Battle of the Bands competition. Live entertainment begins at 3:30 p.m. A fireworks display will fill the sky at dusk.
On Monday, the festival begins again at 10 a.m. along with the parade and continues through 3:30 p.m. Ripple performs live from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.