Labour Day 2023 Information Page
*** THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED AS NEW INFORMATION COMES FORWARD! ***
This Labour Day we will continue our traditional practice of having the parade followed by a picnic and gathering back at Bayfront Park. Consider this post as the best place to come back to further updates about everything happening that day.
NOTE: The HDLC receives partial funding for the Labour Day Parade and Picnic through The City Enrichment Fund. The fund comprises 6 Program Areas (Agriculture, Arts, Communities, Culture & Heritage, Community Services, Environment, Sports & Active Lifestyles) with funding streams and categories.
More information on each step will be filled in below, but the basic itinerary will be as follows on September 4th (any of this is subject to change depending on restrictions from Hamilton Public Health):
||Assemble according to the DRAFT Parade Line Up (linked below).
||Parade on the route (outlined below)
||Picnic gathering at the park.
We will NOT be doing reserved spots in the park this year!
There is plenty of room around Bayfront Park for any local that wants its own space. When you show up on Labour Day morning, there will be plenty of room to stake a claim around the park for your group. If, however, you wish to show up early SUNDAY afternoon to set up, we will have afternoon and overnight security until people are at the site on Labour Day morning. A group from the Labour Council is usually there around 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday setting up.
Setting up a BBQ for your Local
Here are the links to the information regarding food serving at special events in Hamilton. Please note that any organization that serves food, even if provided at no charge, is considered a vendor and must comply with the requirements set out by Public Health for participation at special events.
The first link is to the city’s requirements for vendors. As the organizer of the event, the Labour Council is required to provide this information to you:
The second link is to the application form. Again, as organizer of the event, the Labour Council is required to collect this form from participants/vendors and submit them all at one time to public health. The completed form should be emailed to [email protected] by August 15, 2023. Do not submit it directly to the city.
The city charges a fee of $41.80 (including HST) for each approved vendor. The Labour Council will invoice each vendor following the event.
FOOD: We will be pre-selling combo tickets for a hotdog OR hamburger and a drink for $5. Vegan options will be available. To pre-order tickets, contact Gillian Surette-Robinson at [email protected] or Tom Atterton at [email protected]. A wireless credit card terminal will be available at the park for those who wish to settle up by credit card that day. Others can bring cheques or submit them at a later date.
ALCOHOL: We cannot pre-sell beer tickets, but you will be able to buy them that day. All alcohol must stay in the pre-designated/fenced area or the park.
FAMILY ACTIVITES: There will be children's activities back in the park. We are waiting to firm up the details of what the list might entail.
COMMUNITY GROUPS: We have, many times in the past, invited community groups and coalition partners to march at the back of the parade. While we are still offering that option, we are trying to encourage many of our community partners to table back at the park so they can interact with our union locals as they return.