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Montclair Celebrates Independence Day with 65th Annual Parade

Credits: Cindy C. A. Pereira
Credits: Cindy C. A. Pereira
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Credits: Cindy C. A. Pereira
Credits: Cindy C. A. Pereira
Credits: Cindy C. A. Pereira
Credits: Cindy C. A. Pereira
Credits: Cindy C. A. Pereira
Credits: Cindy C. A. Pereira
Credits: Cindy C. A. Pereira
Credits: Cindy C. A. Pereira
Credits: Cindy C. A. Pereira
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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair did not let it rain on their 65th Annual Independence Day Parade. The township was buzzing on this joyous Independence Day, courtesy of the Montclair Celebrates Committee and the local community.

The 1.6-mile parade route was lined with hundreds of spectators from Bloomfield Avenue and South Fullerton all the way to Edgemont Park via Midland Ave.

Uncle Sam made his rounds on stilts following several local businesses such as Gas Lamp Players, Investors Bank, Immaculate Conception High School and others, who waved and tossed candy into the hands of eager children.

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Along Midland Avenue several empty lawn chairs had been aptly placed by residents whose gesture made Shaina Carinha’s day. Carinha, a resident of Bloomfield, came to see the parade but did not plan for rain. She said, “I was so glad to find these chairs under a tree, I literally didn’t get a drop of rain on me and I didn’t have to sit on the sidewalk. Someone told me residents often do that, here. So cool.”

Mayor Robert Jackson, along with several council members, stopped to greet residents along the route while Staff Sergeant Tom Sobers, World War II veteran, rode in a red convertible, waving graciously to onlookers’ applause.

Organized in 1914 by a group of young men playing music in Philadelphia, The Fralinger String Band once again provided Montclair with an electrifying and colorful performance, delighting spectators of all ages.

The St. Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band founded in 1949, played Celtic music on bagpipes. Arielle Eckstut, a local resident and co-founder of The Book Doctors said, “We had three generations at the parade this year. My mother, my daughter, and me. Even with the rain, everyone had a great time. Each for different reasons. Anyway, how can you go wrong with bagpipes?!”

School of Rock Montclair and Designer Appliances sponsored a float with Parents Who Rock. Alma Schneider, of Parents Who Rock, was riding the float. Schneider said, “The 4th of July parade in Montclair is one of the highlights of living in this town. Getting to see the beautiful diversity of this place coming together on the streets, right before your eyes, rain or shine, warms my heart.”

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