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South Plainfield Announces Lineup for 58th Annual Labor Day Parade

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – On Monday, Sept. 7, South Plainfield will host one of the oldest and most well attended Labor Day parades in the state. The 58th annual parade will kickoff at 10 a.m. at the Police Athletic League Building (PAL) and be led by the South Plainfield High School Marching Band and this year’s honorary grand marshals, Debbie Boyle and Charles Haus. The theme of the 2015 parade is ‘Celebrating Our Heritage’ and the borough’s Public Celebrations Committee will offer a prize and trophy for the best float depicting the theme.

The fun-filled family event will begin with the 25th annual 5K race and 1.5-mile family fun fitness walk. Registration begins at 8:15 am on the Lake Avenue next to the Middle School with the race/walk starting at 9:30 a.m. Trophies will be awarded when all racers have completed the course. The Labor Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. 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 a.m. 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 Borough Hall and continues down Plainfield Avenue and turns right by 7-Eleven, ending at the reviewing stand in front of South Plainfield Middle School.

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Parade announcers William Cochrane and South Plainfield High School Athletic Director Al Czech will be stationed in front of Borough Hall. Parade participants for 2015 include:

Division 1 (Cady and Avon)

South Plainfield Chief of Police James Parker/members of the SP Police Department and McGruff the Police Dog

Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred Scott

SPHS Band and trailer

SPHS Cheerleaders

SP Pop Warner Tigers Football

SP Pop Warner Tiger Cheerleaders

SP Mayor and Council

Lt. Governor State of New Jersey

Co-Grand Marshal Charles Haus

Co-Grand Marshal Debbie Boyle

Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp

Arista Care

South Plainfield Investors Bank

UNICO members and Renato Birbin's convertible

Scooby Roo/Renee Einhorn

Cookie Monster/Sarah Cargill

South Plainfield VFW 6763 and Post 335 Cranford

Military Order of the Purple Heart and the SPHS Girls Soccer Team

Ex-POWs

NJ Education Association (South Plainfield Education Association and surrounding New Jersey towns)

Giants Letter People and the Bus

American Legion Post #243/Women's Auxiliary/Central Jersey Military Motor Pool

Legionnaires Pipe and Drum

South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298

Knights of Columbus - Columbiettes

Middlesex County/South Plainfield Right to Life & medical van

South Plainfield Holy Savior Academy School

South Plainfield Sacred Church

American Indian Princess - Tanya

Ma'Sonia McPherson (convertible) – 2015 NJ National Teenager State Queen

SP Ponytail U10 four-time champions and SP Ponytail Parents Association teams

Division 2 (Avon Road to Norwood Avenue)

Jersey Brass Band

South Plainfield/Middlesex County Republican Organization officials/candidates (SP Council Candidates Rob Bengivenga & Joe Wolak; candidate for Middlesex County Clerk Alex Barletta; Middlesex County Freeholder candidates Jose Alonso and Sharon Hubberman; 18th Assembly candidates Synnove Bakke & Teresa Hutchinson; Senator Sam Thompson)

Unforgettable Autos - 1960 Savoy/76 Trans Am - Ben Deutschman

Home Depot Marchers, truck and character

The Book House Kids/Daycare and Childcare

Car Nutz Car Club

South Plainfield Soccer Club/Float

Col Kelly Pipe and Drum

IBEW Local 94 - 294 - 456

Red White Blue Stilt Walker

"Frozen" character - Elsa/Allyson Betyeman; Anna/Rebecca Veit; Olaf/Marianna

Cinderella/Danielle Bythell

SP Boy Scouts #124, #125, #207, #309, #324, #224

SP Cub Scouts – float and marchers

SP Girl Scouts – float and marchers

Middlesex County Democratic Organization/elected officials/candidates (Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan; Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin; Freeholder Director Ron Rios; Freeholders Charlie Tomaro, Charlie Kenny, Kenneth Armwood, Blanquita Valenti and Tim Polos; and Assemblyman Wisniewski

Middlesex County Clerk Elaine Flynn in convertible

Spiderman/Olivia George and Ninja Turtle

McGuire Cadillac - Nick Barone and 2015 Cadillac Escalade

Moretti Team BHHS NJ - Float

Piscataway Fire Chief Darryl Henry and Holmes Marshall Fire Department

Division 3 (Crescent Road)

Ragtimers

Minion/Sydni Surowiec

Snow White/Nicole Croce

St. Stephen’s Church

NJ Polka Band

First Baptist Church of South Plainfield

1981 Corvette - Fessock

Funny Factory Clown Band

Funny Factory Car

Next Day Fire engine

Saloam Shrine String

The Buddha's Light International Association of New Jersey

ATA Black Belt

Comedy Stunt Car

Betsey Ross/Jean Neumann

Division 4 (West Crescent Parkway)

Metro Festival Band

Stilt Walker

Phil Burgess Ford

Mexican Tlaxcala

Driverless Car

Farmers Insurance

Peter Butrico "Car"

South Plainfield Fire Department and Engines

South Plainfield Rescue Squad

Cowboy Mobil

South Amboy First Aid and Safety Squad

As in previous years, trophies will be awarded by the parade judges who will be stationed at the reviewing stand on the corner of Plainfield Avenue and Lake Avenue in front of South Plainfield Middle School. Judges are Calvin Gross, James Gustafson, Shannon Jefferys, Tom Lanza, Robert Longo, Tony Massaro and Rick McCriskin and the following trophies will be awarded: Honorary Grand Marshal, chosen by the Grand Marshal; Judges Trophy, which is the best overall entry determined by 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; Marie D. Page Trophy for best overall marching entry; and Best Theme Float.

Following the parade there will be the annual community picnic at South Plainfield Middle School with live musical entertainment by 9 South food, games and free activities for children, including a giant funhouse and slide as well as vendors and local business displays.

The Labor Day festivities will conclude with music by AMP'd and a fireworks display by Pyrotecnico in Spring Lake Park; music will begin at 6 p.m. and free glow sticks will be handed out while supplies last. Roads will be closed at 8:15 p.m. with the fireworks scheduled to start at 8:45 p.m.

According to the Public Celebrations Committee, the planning and execution of the events that take place on Labor Day would not be possible without substantial assistance and support. The Labor Day sponsors are critical in order to have a successful event and, every year, generous donations are received from local businesses to help defray the cost of the parade, festivities and fireworks display. Labor Day sponsorship and vendor participation give local business owners and not-for-profit organizations an opportunity to network with customers, other businesses, not-for-profit organizations as well as the residents of the surrounding communities.

The Borough of South Plainfield and the Public Celebrations Committee are proud to announce the following businesses and not-for-profit organizations as 2015 Labor Day event sponsors and vendors:

Corporate Sponsors: Aristacare and Comcast

Gold Sponsors: ANS Consultants, South Plainfield Elks #2298, EyeKrafters Medical Optics, Gibraltar Management Co., Inc., JBL Electric, Inc., McCriskin-Gustafson Family of Funeral Homes, Marino/Ware, Norbet Trucking, Pediatrics on Park, Prolong Pharmaceuticals, South Plainfield Education Association and Twin City Pharmacy

Silver Sponsors: A. J. Perri, Fischer Contracting, Inc.,Investors Bank, Petra Systems, Inc., TAPinto South Plainfield, The Tabernacle Church and Vail Hardware

Patron Sponsors: Beatrice Home Fashions, Inc., Bett-a-way Traffic Systems, Inc., Coppolas Garden Center, LLC, Doctor's Express, Edison Heating & Cooling, Jesco, Inc., Northeast Services, Inc., Party City/Party Rentals, Paulo's Bar & Restaurant, R and C Auto Rebuilders, R & D Circuits, Royal Coffee New York, Inc., Super Cakes Corp and Unity Bank

Profit Food Vendors: Captain G's Sweet Tooth, Donny's Dogs, LaBonbonniere Bake Shoppe, Maglione's Italian Ice, Really Good Pretzels, Inc. (DBA as Philly Pretzel Factory) and Uncle Louie G’s

Profit Non-Food Vendors: ATA Blackbelt Academy, Avon Products, Camp Bow Wow, Daestar Distributors, Doctor's Express, Essential Oils (Marie D'Urso), Heidi Leigh - Independent Scentsy Consultant, IDLife (Michele Billich), Jamberry Nails, Jerusalem Lodge #26 Free & Accepted Masons, RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness Center, LLC, South Plainfield Republican Organization, Spotlight On Dance, Theresa Stys, LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist), Tri-State Improvements (DBA as GPC) and Tyre Gifts and Novelties

Not-for-Profit Organizations: Buddha's Light International Association, Cedarcroft Bible Chapel, First Baptist Church of South Plainfield, Sons of the American Revolution, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, SPHS Cheer Parents Association, South Plainfield Lyons Club, SPHS Field Hockey Association, SPHS Music Boosters, SPHS Robotics, The John Birch Society and Trivium Academy of New Jersey.

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