HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- While temperatures hovered in the mid 30's, residents turned out for annual Hasbrouck Heights Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony held Friday night. Each streetlight along the Boulevard was adorned with a Christmas wreath and highlighted with white holiday lights.
The annual event is sponsored by the Hasbrouck Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce along with the Mayor's Community Celebrations Committee. The parade was led down the Boulevard by members of the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department and Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department's Honor Guard.
Community groups marched in the parade including : A Hero's Welcome North New Jersey chapter, Hasbrouck Heights High School Marching Band, Girl Scouts, Boy and Cub Scouts, the Hasbrouck Heights Soccer Association, the Bergen County Pipe Band and the Park Ridge High School Marching Band, and a string of classic cars. Also participating were the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department, Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department and EMS.
Santa and Mrs. Claus rounded out the parade on their festive float with a sled and helpers.
Following the parade, Council president Ron Kistner, members of the Council, and members of the Mayor's Celebration Committee hosted a brief ceremony and lit the tree at the circle. He thanked the Celebration Committee for their work in organizing the event, and noted that Mayor Jack DeLorenzo was out of town attending his nephew's graduation from the military. The Hasbrouck Heights Middle and High School Choir sang traditional holiday songs. Some people stayed to take selfies or family photos with the tree, while some headed to take photos with Santa and his helpers at the bank.
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