CHICAGO (CBS) — One of Chicago’s unique Labor Day traditions returned this year.

The WOOGMS Parade – an annual tradition on both Memorial Day and Labor Day – was held in person Monday for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

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The East Lakeview neighborhood event has one rule – if you show up, march you must.

WOOGMS stands for Wellington-Oakdale Old Glory Marching Society, for two east-west residential streets in the community.

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WOOGMS has held Memorial and Labor Day parades since 1963. DNAinfo reported in 2013 that it started when Oakdale Avenue resident Al Weisman’s neighbor gave him a five-foot flagpole – and he decided to hold a march with the flagpole accompanied by local kids.

On that occasion, fewer than 10 children attended – with one girl strumming the Israeli national anthem “Hatikva” on a violin, DNAinfo reported.

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But the parade took off and continues on 58 years later.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff