Bread and Roses Heritage Festival
The Bread and Roses Heritage Festival is a celebration of the ethnic diversity and labor history of Lawrence, Ma. This annual festival is celebrated on Labor Day in order to honor the most significant event in Lawrence history: the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike.
The Bread and Roses Heritage Committee memorialize the event by organizing a variety of music and dance, poetry and drama, ethnic food, historical demonstrations, and walking and trolley tours, all on or starting from Lawrence's Common. They also host organizations continuing the struggle for social justice today.
Bread and Roses is the only broadly multicultural festival in Lawrence, the Immigrant City. And it is the only festival in the region, which celebrates the true spirit of Labor Day, in the most appropriate location, the site of the Bread and Roses Strike.
The festival is a one-day ‘open air’ celebration. The date for next year’s celebration is September 3, 2012 and historically runs from 12 to 6pm.