Very Special Guest at This Year's 11th District Labor Day Picnic
Well, it looks like Ohio's 11th district congresswoman Marcia Fudge has acquired some of the mojo of the dynamic predecessor Stephanie Tubbs Jones, who in 2004 landed presidential candidate John Kerry as the headline speaker at the long-running annual 11th Congressional District Community Caucus Labor Day Festival at Luke Easter Park.
That was quite an event, with an enthusiastic crowd cheering for a candidate who was much more dynamic and exciting than the media ever gave him credit for, connecting easily with the mainly African-American crowd.
This year, President Obama will speak at the conclusion of this year's festival, shortly before 5 p.m.
It's going to be a long day for parade participants — and volunteers like me. When I signed up to volunteer again this year, I figured it to be another low-key event like last year, with maybe a few more judicial candidates than usual (Hi, Frankie Goldberg! Hi, Michael Jackson! Hi, Cullen Sweeney! I swear, this trio is everywhere).
It's always a good time. The parade starts wending its way down Kinsman to Luke Easter Park at 10 a.m. Once you get to the park, there's food, vendors, information booths, games for kids, music, lots going on. The congresswoman introduces all of the officeholders and candidates who show up — and I'll bet they're all going to show up now!
The event is free and open to all. Just expect security to be a lot tighter this year.