Labor Day Parade: Plumbers &
Pipefitters, Cobos Grand Marshal

August 06, 2014
Santa Paula News

The entire county is invited to “Honor the Labor Force” at Santa Paula’s 10th Annual Labor Day Parade.

The Monday, September 1 parade, the only one in Ventura County, will be held at 10 a.m. on East Main Street in historic Downtown Santa Paula.

Grand Marshal this year is the United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters  & Welders & Apprentices Local 484, which will be represented by members as well as Rodney Cobos of Santa Paula. 

This year’s poster by acclaimed artist Gail Pidduck shows Fred Oliver Plumbing at work, and it will be the union that represents plumbers and others that will be led by Cobos at the front of the parade.

“Rodney is a labor leader who supports employees to the max, shows up at all possibilities where people would be impacted with jobs or no jobs, really pounds the beat for local employees,” said Anita Pulido, a Labor Day Parade co-founder.

“Rodney’s dedication to doing what is right for working people in general and plumbers and pipefitters in particular - as well as his strong advocacy for the apprentice program - is why our Labor Day Committee believed he should lead the parade in front of the union as Grand Marshal.”

Cobos is also active community wide and is a loyal advocate of veterans and their causes, among other interests.

Entries are still being sought for the parade, held for the entire community where everyone is invited to participate either by participating in the march or watching from the sidewalk.

Any type of entry which celebrates the work force - from those with full time employment in or out of the home or volunteer organizations that work for the community good - is welcome, and everyone is asked to join the fun. 

There are three judged categories, “Most Original,” “Most Participants,” and “Best Overall Use of the Theme.” One ribbon in each category will be awarded following the parade at the Gazebo (North Mill and East Santa Barbara streets).

“The purpose of the parade,” said Pulido, “is to get the community of Santa Paula together to celebrate Labor Day in this old-fashioned way!”

Float entries are being sought: community groups, families, and organizations are encouraged to put together a float, whether a flatbed truck or trailer, pickup truck, wagon or any other equipment with wheels will work well as a float entry! 

Families, friends, businesses, car clubs, equestrians, labor organizations, bands and any marching groups are welcomed. 

“Get dressed up or decorated and join the fun,” said Pulido. “Help entertain the community!”

Entry forms may be downloaded from the City of Santa Paula website at: under Quick Links, or directly at

Forms can also be picked up at the Community Services Department. For additional information, or an entry form sent by mail, please call Ron Merson at 805-525-9439 or email

The Labor Day Parade Committee organizes the Labor Day Parade using community donations. If you are interested in donating, please make the check out to “Santa Paula Community Fund” and mail to: Peter Wright, 801 McKevett Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060

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