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Crowds at annual Labor Day parade in Newtown cheer volunteer firefighters, Sandy Hook students

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.