DENVILLE, NJ -- Even though we are still in the Halloween season, many are already thinking about Christmas. Usually on the Sunday following Thanksgiving, Denville residents usher in the season of giving with a holiday parade. This year's parade, however, has been canceled, announced Denville Mayor Thomas Andes.
“Traditionally over Thanksgiving weekend, the Denville activities would include The Chamber of Commerce, now Downtown Denville, Friday Night Open House, Small Business Saturday, the Rotary Tree Lighting at Santa Land, and the Sunday Holiday Parade,” said Denville Mayor Thomas Andes.
“Our parade committee headed by Michael Scannelli, Downtown Denville, the Rotary Club of Denville and the Denville administration have met over the last few months and were trying to make some plans, as minimum as they were, that would be acceptable. Downtown Denville decided that the Open House was not going to work for the business community this year. The acceleration of COVID-19 cases in Morris County over the last two weeks and cancellation of several bands made our decision to cancel the parade altogether very easy.”
“So, this year, we are encouraging everyone to shop Denville not just on Small Business Saturday but for all your Christmas and holiday gifts and needs. We like you to visit Santa Land at your convenience. The Rotary has taken precautions to keep you, your children, Santa and themselves safe.”
The parade has been a long-standing tradition in Denville for more than 50 years, attracting thousands of spectators, with 30-40 groups participating in the march. These groups often include boy and girl scouts troops, local churches, charities and organizations like the Denville P.R.I.D.E. Council, horse carriages, antique car vehicles, cheerleading squads, music groups like the Morris Knolls High School marching band, and Denville Fire and Police Department vehicles.
To learn more about the holiday events in Denville Township, visit the Downtown Denville Business Improvement District website at https://downtowndenville.com/ or the township’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TownshipOfDenville/.
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