Milltown Beats The Weather, Celebrates A Spectacular Fourth Of July Parade

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Credits: Rob Rakossy
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Mayor Eric Steeber, accompanied by Council Members Patty Murray, Joe Pietanza, Randy Farkas, and of course, Uncle Sam, enjoying the parade. Credits: Rob Rakossy
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Some of Milltown's Finest Credits: Rob Rakossy
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Credits: Rob Rakossy
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Paying tribute to fallen hero Cpl. Steven R. Koch Credits: Rob Rakossy
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Members and Families of Boy Scout Troop 132 participated and brought many members out for the parade Credits: Rob Rakossy
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Middlesex County Freeholder Ronald Rios enjoying the day as a parade participant. Credits: Rob Rakossy
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It was Halloween in July as most of the parade marchers kept up the time honored tradition of tossing candy to the children watching the parade, including the members of the Rangers Athletic Club Credits: Rob Rakossy
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Members of First Position School of Dance's Scarlettes dancing and flying along the route to the delight of the parade spectators. Credits: Rob Rakossy
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Classic Cars of all years and sizes were part of the parade as they are each and every year. Credits: Rob Rakossy
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Milltown Mayor Eric Steeber issuing a proclamation honoring Master Sargeant William Isele.  Accompanying Mayor Steeber on stage is Isele's parents. Credits: Rob Rakossy
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MILLTOWN, NJ - Milltown clearly has Karma.  At least on the Fourth of July, that is.  All the weather forecasts were against them, as the predicitons of rain in the morning and early afternoon were everywhere. But the committee running the annual Fourth of July parade remained undaunted, and insisted the parade would go on as scheduled.  The committee proved correct, as not even a single drop of rain fell, and the rows of people who lined Main Street up and down Milltown's downtown area who came out for the parade were not disappointed, as the town had yet another fantastic parade.

Parade marchers from all over the area came out to participate.  Fire departments from most every major town in the area, and some from as far away as Jamesburg and South Amboy, along with Mummers from Philadelphia, and Fife and Drum corps and bagpipe troupes from throughout New Jersey came out to participate and celebrate the annual tradition that is a hallmark of Milltown's annual festivities. 

The highlight of the day's festivities came at the end of the parade when Milltown Mayor Eric Steeber issued a proclamation to the family of former Milltown resident Marine Master Sargeant William Isele, who received the Bronze Star with Valor for his heroism in protecting others from IED's during his duties removing devices in Afghanistan in 2001.  The Proclamation paid tribute to Isele, and was accepted on his behalf by Isele's parents, who are still Milltown residents to this day.  All of Milltown salutes you, Sgt. Isele, and thanks you for your bravery, heroism, and your service to our country.

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