SOUTH PLAINFIELD - One of the nation's largest Labor Day parades was held in South Plainfield Monday, attracting crowds as well as some big local names.

For many candidates, the event is the unofficial kick-off to the fall campaign season.

Gov. Chris Christie led off the parade. His opponent in the gubernatorial race, Barbara Buono, was there campaigning.

Democratic Senate hopeful Cory Booker also made an appearance.

For locals, it's about more than just seeing the famous faces. "It's a tradition for the town and for our community as a whole," says Lester Okoszo.

This year's parade theme was "Jersey Strong." Many labor unions showed off their role in the state's rebuilding effort.