BAKER, LA (WAFB) - In Baker Monday, another annual Labor Day parade went into the books as a time when hundreds turned out to celebrate the day off.
"It gives us a chance to come out and meet the community," says Darryl Rainwater, a candidate for Baker Police Chief.
Rainwater has been part of the parade for the past decade.
In the spirit of the holiday, many other public officials also rode from Main St. toward City Hall.
"I'm enjoying the parade and having a good time in Baker," says Rep. Dalton Honore, D-Baton Rouge.
"I would like to say to the people of Baker, good morning and happy Labor Day," says Rep. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge.
And with increased cases of violence against Louisiana police, leaders say the parade gives men and women like Rainwater even more reason to enjoy the moment.
"It's really somber, but we've been lucky that the community supports the police officers around here," says Rainwater. "We have a close relationship with the people of Baker."
And in south Louisiana, nothing brings people close together quite like great food.
A group of men grilled for guests at the Baker Municipal Building at the parade's end.
"We got out here at 3:30 and we had these on at about 5 o'clock in the morning," said Daren Sarphie, an attorney who cooked for Labor Day guests.
In the middle of the pageantry and the barbecue, everything came back Monday to one simple message - honoring the men and women, the workers, who built our local communities.
"Labor Day is not just a holiday that you take off," said Rainwater. "It has a lot of meaning to people."