People celebrated Labor Day throughout the Sacramento region today. Thousands of people went to the small town of Nicolaus to enjoy a parade.
It featured entries of all sizes. In the middle of the parade: a truck towing a bronze-colored Hughes Helicopter. Ed Morris and Greg Hudson of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association tied banners to the tail before the parade began.
"One of our members just happened to find it. He’s still kind of flying and he found it," said Hudson before being interrupted by Morris, "The Nicolaus Labor Day parade is a great parade and the people do a wonderful job and we have a real fun time and its family-oriented and that’s why we come back every year.
Coming back is a theme for at least one float every year –the float for the class reunion. One woman was wearing the red and white colors of East Nicolaus High. She was arranging bags of candy when we were introduced.
"I’m Carolyn Ellis and I’m from Eagle River Alaska Woo hoo! 1975! Woooo"
Mikey Robbins is in Pleasant Grove 4-H. About a dozen kids road the club's float which included bales of straw and more bags of candy to throw to kids along the parade route. Also on the float: one of Mikey's chickens.
“The goats were too hard because they’re bigger than a chicken," he says. "So, we put the chicken in the cage," he says pointing. "That one's right there. That’s ours.”
Many of the booths in town take donations during the day to pay for field trips and events at Pleasant Grove, Marcum-Illinois, Browns, and East Nicolaus High.
This is the 23rd year for the event.