Hamtramck has been through a lot in the last year.
Just like everyone else in the nation.
We missed a lot of things that the Covid pandemic prevented from happening – namely, going out and seeing friends.
One of the things that we missed last year was the annual Hamtramck Labor Day Festival.
The good news is, it’s back this weekend, Sept. 4-6. Hamtramck will once again come alive with music, good food and plenty of things for kids to enjoy.
What isn’t coming back, though, is the Polish Day Parade. Organizers of the parade decided, after many years of debate, to move the parade to Warren. We wish them well.
The parade was certainly a highlight of the weekend, and it will be missed. But there is talk of starting a new parade tradition next year.
Here’s to starting new traditions.
This year, we are told that money is an issue for festival organizers, and that the festival is on a shoestring budget. That’s all the more reason to come out this weekend and support our own homegrown party.
Remember, too, the festival is 100 percent organized by non-paid volunteers. Over a dozen folks give up this holiday weekend, to work long hours, just to make this festival a success.
We deeply thank those folks.
Hamtramck has always been resilient, and able to rebound. This year, let’s celebrate life, and the wonderful diversity of this city.
Posted Sept. 3, 2021