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Thousands in Michigan join Labor Day marches, bridge walks

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Under a light rain, Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley have led thousands of people in a Labor Day tradition, a 5-mile walk across the Mackinac Bridge.

Snyder wore a "Pure Mackinac" T-shirt and a baseball cap at the head of the line Monday. It's one of many events up and down the state to celebrate the holiday and unofficial end of summer.

In a new twist, 84 athletes are swimming across the Straits of Mackinac to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.

Meanwhile, the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO held its annual Labor Day march. Another union-organized parade is scheduled in Muskegon.

In Grand Rapids, Mayor George Heartwell led the 5-mile Grand Crossings walk over six Grand River bridges. Shorter bridge walks were held in smaller Michigan communities.

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