Newtown parade crowds cheer students, firefighters

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Associated Press

Posted on September 2, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 2 at 9:33 PM

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Thousands of spectators turned out for the annual Newtown Labor Day Parade in Connecticut, capping months of organizing in the aftermath of a shooting rampage that killed 20 first-graders and six educators last December.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy and local officials participated in the 52nd-annual Labor Day parade on Monday.

WFSB-TV reports that the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. and Sandy Hook Elementary School students received the loudest applause from spectators along the parade route.

Organizers were wary about a parade so soon after the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook.

Labor Day Parade Committee head Beth Caldwell says she worked to balance respect for the tragedy with giving the community a celebration.

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