It was a parade of politicians Monday in Fairmount Heights as the town celebrated the end of summer.
The sparse crowd was outnumbered by a host of state and county leaders, including U.S Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.); County Council member Parris Glendening, a candidate for county executive; and Lt. Gov. Samuel W. Bogley.
Bogley, seeking reelection on Baltimore state Sen. Harry J. McGuirk's gubernatorial slate, strolled down the streets of the community, sporting a leather saddlebag with his campaign literature.
Sheriff James V. Aluisi, also up for reelection, stood nearby, handing out badges that proclaimed, "Junior Deputy Sheriff, Prince George's County."
Some bystanders basking in the Labor Day sun noted it seemed more like a political rally than a parade.
Town Mayor Robert Grey led the Labor Day parade, filled with marching bands, residents and representatives of local branches of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the fire department.
In Greenbelt, more than 5,000 persons attended the city's 28th annual Labor Day parade, part of a three-day Labor Day festival that drew an estimated 20,000 persons each day, police said.
The festival included softball, horseshoe pitching, tennis and other sporting tournaments and a midway with booths of many local community organizations.
Among the booths was one by the Greenbelt Peace Committee, which also participated in the parade after originally being barred from marching by the festival's organizers.
"They were afraid we were going to stage some sort of violent demonstration, which is sort of ironic considering we are a peace committee," said Kim Lyon, a committee member.
The peace committee won third prize in the parade's community organization category.
Mayor Richard J. Castaldi, a County Council candidate, called the festival a "great show of county pride. I think when times are hard, people tend to band together, and this is what happened in Greenbelt."
Greenbelt also was visited by an array of politicians, including Gov. Harry Hughes; his apparent GOP opponent in the fall gubernatorial election, Robert Pascal; and some of the officials who also joined Fairmount Heights' celebration.