The Green Party, joined by their presidential candidate, Jill Stein, marched in support of the labor groups.
Green Party candidate for president, Jill Stein, poses for a photo with local attorney Ken Davies, who represented Occupy Charlotte in their challenge of the camping ban.
Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County
Political groups of all kinds marched together. Some, like these women, strongly supporting President Obama, while other nearby groups chanted slogans opposing both political parties.
Several local politicians and judges had a presence in the march. Judge Hands, and several candidates for senate and congress were personally present to greet demonstrators and onlookers.
Even organizations not traditionally associated with labor movements participated in the Labor Day march.
A small plane circled above the march towing a political banner.
Two marching bands from local organizations marched along as well.
The Mecklenburg County Democratic Party
National Lawyers Guild Legal Observers were present to document any police/demonstrator interaction.
Not all marchers had a labor related message.
The police presence came nowhere near the level surrounding yesterday’s Coalition to March of Wall Street South demonstration. The police’s role appeared mainly to be to guide the marchers along the parade route. The atmosphere was far more relaxed and less confrontational today. Unlike yesterday, there was no ring of police officers surrounding the labor day marchers.
A major concern for the activists is that their message is seen and heard by their target audience, the delegates attending the convention. The parade route is several blocks from the DNC venues. Bank of America Stadium is just barely visible from a small section of the parade route.
Like Bank of America Stadium, the Time Warner Cable Arena, a major venue of DNC activities, is just barely visible from the designated parade route, making it unlikely that delegates will be able to see or hear any of the protest activity.
A fireman unfurls a large American flag above the parade route.
The parade route ends at Marshall Park, where the Occupy encampment has taken root.
The Occupy encampment has grown, and police presence is constant.
Labor Day marchers gather nearby the Occupy campsite.
Anti-government demonstrators gathered at the end of the parade route offering a different viewpoint from the majority of the Labor Day marchers.
There was some argument between the anti-government activists and the President Obama’s supporters that took part in the Labor Day parade. The disputes did not escalate and remained civil.
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