The South Plainfield Public Celebrations Committee will present the 57th Labor Day Parade on September 1, 2014. The Labor Day Parade theme will be "Winter Wonderland" due to the extensive snow fall in 2013/2014. This year the Celebration Committee will offer a prize and trophy for the best float depicting the "Winter Wonderland" theme. The South Plainfield Alternative Press (TAP into South Plainfield) has offered to donate $300.00 on behalf of the South Plainfield Public Celebration Committee for the Labor Day Parade 2014 float that best depicts the Labor Day Theme, "Winter Wonderland". This is the first time a prize will be given to the best theme float. The Public Celebration Committee has made an effort in recent years to encourage more community participation with floats. Floats have always been a critical part of what has made the South Plainfield Labor Day Parade so special. TAP into South Plainfield is South Plainfield’s only daily newspaper. Darlene Cullen, Editor and Publisher of TAP into South Plainfield is proud and honored to be the sponsor of this award.
The parade judges will be stationed at the reviewing stand on the corner of Plainfield Avenue and Lake Avenue in front of the Middle School. The judges who have participated for the past several years are Bob Longo, Jim Gustafson, Ricky McCriskin, Calvin Gross, Tom Lanza, Tony Massaro and Shannon Jefferys. The parade announcers are William Cochrane who will be located at the reviewing stand and South Plainfield School District Athletic Director Al Czech, who will be located in front of Borough Hall/Police Department.
The South Plainfield Labor Day Parade was originated by George Page, who headed the Parade Committee, as a way for borough residents to stay home and enjoy Labor Day with their families.
The South Plainfield Education Foundation sponsors the 24th annual 5K race and 1.5 mile family fun fitness walk. Registration begins at 8:00 am on the Lake Avenue next to the Middle School. The Race/Walk begins at 9:00 am
The Labor Day Parade begins at 10:00 am at the Police Athletic League Building (PAL). A sign will be located on Maple Avenue and Cady Lane directing the various floats and marchers where to line up. The roads in and around the PAL will be closed at approximately 9:00 am.
Residents typically begin placing chairs along the sidewalk areas of the parade route early Labor Day morning. The parade route runs down Maple Avenue onto Plainfield Avenue past the Borough Hall and continues down Plainfield Avenue and turns right by the 7-11 store, past the Middle School and ends at the reviewing stand.
The parade will consist of the South Plainfield High School Marching Band, the South Plainfield Chief of Police and McGruff the Police Dog, the Mayor and Council, Republican and Democratic Clubs and their candidates, The South Plainfield Board of Education Superintendent and board members, cartoon characters, civic groups, businesses, various teams and floats that are decorated by many groups, (i.e. girl scouts, boy scouts, bands, SP Football Eagles and Cheerleaders, etc). Trophies are awarded by Honorary Grand Marshal, The Judges, Best Civic Entry in the name of George W.L. Page, Best Youth Entry, Most Patriotic Entry, Best Antique Vehicle, Most Outstanding Float, Best Civic Entry, Most Outstanding Visiting Entry from outside South Plainfield and the Marie D. Page Trophy for best overall marching entry.
Following the Parade there will be the annual community picnic at the South Plainfield Middle School with live musical entertainment by "9 South" food, games, rides for children, vendors and local business displays. The festivities will end with a fireworks display by Pyrotecnico in the Spring Lake Park with music by "AMP'd" beginning at 6:00 pm.
Parade entry, vendor applications or those businesses interested in sponsoring a banner or making a donation to the Parade Committee, can be obtained on www.southplainfieldnj.com. Go to the Public Celebrations Committee and print out the applications and send or deliver to the Borough of South Plainfield, Public Celebrations Committee, 2480 Plainfield Ave., South Plainfield, NJ 07080.