FLEMINGTON, N.J. – If you like parades, this is your weekend. That’s when two of Hunterdon’s best parades will be held – Clinton’s Christmas Parade will be held Friday and Hunterdon’s Holiday parade will be held in Flemington on Sunday.
Clinton’s Christmas Parade will be the 32nd annual staging of the event held. It starts at 7 p.m. when Parade Executive Director Frank C. Hooper leads the event on his beloved, antique “Hooper Firetruck”.
The line of march will include 12 professional float presentations, as many as 30 local floats, and performing groups such as the North Hunterdon and Voorhees high schools’ marching bands, St. Ann’s Bagpipe Band, Boy Scout Marching Band along with the always colorful Aqua String Band - a Philadelphia Mummers group. Music will be featured on most of the floats.
In addition, there will be the ever-popular costumed characters with crowd favorites such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Ronald McDonald and crew, Sam the Snowman, Christmas Minion, Dory, the zany, madcap Elf and Scooby Doo.
The parade route will be the same as last year, forming on Center and New Streets. The procession will turn right onto East Main Street and proceed to Main Street. It will then turn right onto Lower Center Street, which is a great spectator location.
The parade will proceed up Lower Center Street, turning left and ending after crossing the Halstead Street Bridge.
Drop-off and pick-up of participants will be at the Clinton Community Center. Shuttle buses will provide transportation from the South Ridge Community Church (on Pittstown Road just beyond the entrance to Wal-Mart Plaza) to the Clinton House Restaurant. Buses will start at 5 p.m. and will return immediately after the parade.
Porta-potties will be in at the Lower Center Street parking lot just behind Main Street. Visit
clintonchristmasparade.com for more information, and “like” it on Facebook.
The Hunterdon Holiday Parade on Sunday, Dec. 9 is hosted by the Hunterdon Chamber of Commerce. In addition to Santa, the parade will feature the Mummers Aqua String Band, St. Anne’s Pipers and Drummers, Hunterdon Central High School’s Red Devils Marching Band, and floats representing many local organizations, business and clubs.
Parade line ups will take place after 3 p.m. in the back parking lot of Liberty Village Premium Outlets. Everyone must be in their position by 4 p.m. The parade will begin to move up to Main Street by 4:30 p.m. Main Street. Main Street and Church Street will be closed by 4 p.m.
The parade starts at 5 p.m. – rain or shine. The parade route will proceed from Liberty Village down Church Street, will make a left onto Main Street and conclude at the Civil War Monument.
For fun before the parade, the Whitehouse Wind Symphony will perform from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the old Historic Courthouse on Main Street.