The annual Newtown Labor Day Parade was held on Monday morning with thousands turning out for the event.
One of the worst tragedies in U.S. history did not stop Newtown from coming together as a community.
Organizers started planning the parade in January just a month after the shooting. At first there was concern about whether they could even have a parade. On Monday, the community held one of its biggest parades ever.
"It was a delicate balance, a delicate balance between an avenue of celebration and respect for the tragedy that happened in our town," said parade organizer Beth Caldwell.
On Dec. 14, 20 first-graders and six adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
"This is a great example of how the town comes together," said Caldwell. "The strength of the community really has shown today."
The parade had so many people interested in marching that it lasted for hours.
One of the loudest moments of applause was for the Sandy Volunteer Fire Department. A huge round of applause was also given to the students from Sandy Hook Elementary School.
"We just moved here a little over a year ago and then everything happened, the way the community came together is just amazing, just amazing," said Sandy Hook mother Courtney Schroeder. "It makes you feel so good to live here in Newtown."
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, along with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Chris Murphy walked in the parade with several Newtown officials.
"It's time to rally at one point, time to move on at one point and after an event like that it makes the whole community stronger," said marcher Ox Gara of Manchester. "Then a day like this just solidifies it."
The parade organizers said they got offers for help from all over country, but they wanted to keep the parade local. Because that's what has always worked.
"It's a chance to celebrate and move on," Caldwell said.
We will have more on the event during the Eyewitness News at 6 p.m.
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