Free Georgia Street festival celebrates union laborers with family event

Indy LaborFest’s debut celebration brought near-record crowds to downtown, according to attendance numbers released by the Central Indiana Labor Council.

More than 10,000 people gathered on Georgia Street on Saturday, Aug. 31 –  one of the largest attendance records at a Georgia Street event since Super Bowl 2012.

Guests kicked off the Labor Day weekend with a day of free concerts and family entertainment. Food and drinks were provided by Murphy’s Steakhouse, and unions ranging from postal service workers to skilled trade laborers shared hands-on activities with attendees.

The event – a collaboration between the Central Indiana Labor Council, Top Notch of Indiana and Clear Channel Communications – also marked a new Indianapolis tradition. Labor Fest was held in place of downtown’s annual Labor Day Parade.

“We were really thrilled with the community response to our first Indy LaborFest,” said Brett Voorhies, president of the Central Indiana Labor Council. “We brought a lot of people together to learn about the impact of organized labor, and to spotlight the contributions made by Indiana’s workers every day.”

To learn more about Indy LaborFest or for information on how to participate in next year’s event, contact Michelle Boyd at Top Notch at 317-927-0499.