Labor Day Picnic and Democratic Rally

St. Paul Minnesota

September 6 2004

Story and Photography by Paul Udstrand


Thousands of people attended the annual celebration of labor at a huge picnic on Harriet Island in St. Paul MN.  The event ended with a rousing speech by the Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate John Edwards


Garrison Keiler led the crowd, singing “America the Beautiful”


Former Vice President Walter Mondale


Several labor leaders, local officials, and national celebrities were on hand to give speeches and encourage political participation.  The crowd and the speakers were diverse and unified by the common goal of defeating the Bush/Cheney ticket in November.




St. Paul Police Chief William K. Finney


Minneapolis Mayer R.T. Ryback

Free speech was well presented with everything from T-shirts to Street Theater




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