Plans for the Parade.
The committee of arrangements for the celebration of Labor Day, September 4th, have met with good encouragement financially and otherwise, from the town officials and heads of business firms, and in short from all classes with whom they have consulted. All regard it as a good idea, and believe that it is well to recognize labor, and at the same time draw the people of the town closer together in social union and sympathy. We are all laborers with hand and brain. Norwood has no idle leisure class. And in these depressed times we need something to enliven and cheer us. It will cost but a trifle, and can be made a creditable performance.
The tradespeople are to meet the committee early next week to arrange for a trades display in the procession.
The programme of the day is something of the following order :
First in the morning Will be the bicycle contest for prizes or medals, followed by the contest between the hose companies, in the square, and on the main street from 7 to 9. The procession will then be formed in the square, and march through the principal streets to the ball grounds, where various amusing games will be had under the charge of the committee, such as running races, potato, wheelbarrow, three-legged, Ac., followed by a baseball match between the Norwood and a visiting club, the whole to be concluded by a brilliant band concert in the evening.
The order of procession will be something after the following :—Bicycle riders, Norwood Band, Fire Department, Veteran Firemen with old hand machines, mechanics and laborers, school children, trades displays, town officials, clergy, burlesque. All the fraternal orders have been or are to be invited, and will have a place assigned them in the ranks. Numbers are requisite to make the procession imposing and worthy of the occasion. If all turn out in full force it will be a mile long and contain 2,000 persons. The committeo have not had time to sec everyone, but they urge all to join who wish to show their respect for labor, and who desire to make this an interesting and lively holiday. Spectators will be here from other towns, and Norwood is expected to come up to her usual reputation. Order and decorum will be observed, and the day honored in a cheerful and reputable manner.
M. J. O’Brien, H. F. Walker, J. F. Boyden, Norman J. Stone, Fred Merrifield, William Clary, Eddy Fairbanks, Patsey Brennan, George E. Steward, Committee of Arrangements.