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Labor Day marked around the US

The largest free-flying American flag in the world flies over the George Washington Bridge under the upper arch of the bridge's New Jersey tower.

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The largest free-flying American flag in the world flew over the George Washington Bridge under the upper arch of the bridge's New Jersey tower.

FORT LEE, N.J. — The largest free-flying American flag in the world was flown over the George Washington Bridge on Monday in honor of Labor Day.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey unfurled the flag under the upper arch of the bridge’s New Jersey tower. The display is meant to honor working men and women across the country.

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The flag is 90 feet long by 60 feet wide, with stripes measuring about 5 feet wide and stars about 4 feet in diameter.

In Newtown, Conn., thousands of spectators turned out for the annual Labor Day Parade, capping months of organizing in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of 20 children and six educators last December.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut, US Senators Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy, and local officials participated in the 52d annual Labor Day parade on Monday.

The Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. and students from Sandy Hook Elementary School received the loudest applause from spectators along the parade route.

Sandy Hook mother Courtney Schroeder said: ‘‘We just moved here a little over a year ago, and then everything happened. The way the community came together is just amazing.’’

Organizers were wary about a parade, a fixture in Newtown since the early 1960s, so soon after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A gunman who had shot his mother to death at their home went to the school and killed 26 people before killing himself as police arrived.

Early in the planning for the parade last winter, organizers settled on the slogan ‘‘We are Newtown, marching strong.’’

In New York, big crowds gathered along one of Brooklyn’s busiest streets to watch the annual West Indian Day Parade.

The festivities were raucous, highlighted by elected officials furiously pressing the flesh with crowds just a little more than a week before Primary Day.

The parade celebrates Caribbean culture, with colorful costumes, indigenous foods, and music and dancing.

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