After a lot of fund raising by many dedicated citizens, Montclair, NJ once again had a parade. It’s a real home town event with marchers from local Scout Troops, non-profits, politicians, zealous groups and so much more.
Of course, I have my favorites every year.
For instance, I love the bagpipe band. Those men and women know how to blow a terrific sound. And they know how to cool down and relax after the parade (see below).
Another favorite of mine is Elvis; he has appeared in every parade I’ve ever
attended and that’s a lot. He’s a local resident who donates a lot of time and money to our local high school, among other worthy organizations. He’s a hoot and all who watch the parade greet him warmly each and every year.
A newish addition to our parade, Spider Man, is also a town resident. He crouches atop a car, waves to the crowd and generally makes small children pay attention. Jack the Jackal, our minor league baseball team’s mascot, usually hangs out with Spider Man; it make for an interesting combo: fur and webbed one.
The fireworks this year were awesome at the stadium! And it didn’t take us 2 1/2 hours to get out of the devil parking deck this year. We found a surface lot, walked right into the stadium, chose a couple of great seats, and after the fireworks were done, we walked right to our car and drove right home — 7 minutes max! We will never park in that deck again for fireworks! It’s impossible!
Take a look at the fireworks finale at Yogi Berra Stadium; the video is in the sidebar to your right. Enjoy!
Also, hop on over to my friend Mutterschwester and take a look at her parade photos. It’s nice to have friends!