September 5, 2011 Updated Sep 5, 2011 at 5:33 PM EDT Buffalo, NY (WKBW)- Hundreds of people lined Abbott Road in South Buffalo to celebrate Labor Day. Every year local politicians, unions, and organizations participate in the annual parade in South Buffalo. Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz, who is also running for Erie County Executive, served as this year’s grand Marshall for the parade. This holiday has been the symbolic end of summer and is dedicated to hard working Americans. It also is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. According to the United States Department of Labor, it constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. The Labor Day Parade and Picnic is sponsored by the Buffalo AFL-CIO Labor Council and began at noon on Monday. The parade, floats, and participants went down Abbott Road near Stevenson Street and ended with a picnic inside Cazenovia Park. Many Western New Yorkers celebrated this ‘day of rest’, but also focused on creating jobs in the region and improving the economy. Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins also addressed these important issues.