BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Our Lady of Mount Carmel annual five-day Feast and Fireworks extravaganza have also fallen victim to the change of times caused by COVID-19 and Governor Murphy's Executive Order and public gathering restrictions for the sake of public safety.
The Feast represents 100 plus years of tradition and memories for many families that make up the fabric of the community. So, with the cancellation of the Feast and Fireworks show, to carry on the traditions of the July 16th morning parade, mass and barbecue was the breath of normalcy we all needed.
The members lined up in front of the River Road fairgrounds and the procession traveled Springfield Avenue to Plainfield Avenue and followed their normal route through town. The fortunate spectators along the route of the parade had the experience of "normalcy" -- even if it was just for a moment -- as the members of the Mount Carmel Society walked behind the statue of the blessed lady adorned with sunflowers while the band played the traditional songs for the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
After the procession, a mass was held outside at the Mount Carmel Society. In the evening, there was a barbecue held in the back of the building and fairgrounds featuring live music with Missing Pieces.