NEWARK, NJ - The Third Annual North Ward Holiday Light Parade will take place Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Mt. Prospect Avenue in Newark’s North Ward. 

The procession will include a spectacular display of Holiday themed floats, all of which are designed and decorated by local students from Newark Public Schools. 

The event represents a collaboration of community, commercial, and institutional leadership that is committed to making the parade happen each year on Mt. Prospect Avenue. 

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This year’s leadership includes North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr., state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz, Councilmen-at-large Luis Quintana and Carlos Gonzalez, Camacho & Son Float Service, Newark Public Schools, the Mt. Prospect Partnership, The North Ward Center, Clara Maass Medical Center and ARJ Civic Association.

The  Mt. Prospect Partnership, which serves as the Management Corporation for the Mt. Prospect Avenue Special Improvement District is the lead commercial underwriter for the parade on behalf of the business community. 

"The Light Parade is a great way to create a connection between our business district and the neighborhood.  We want to create great holiday memories on Mt. Prospect Avenue for years to come," said Rita Alvarez, Vice President of the Mt. Prospect Partnership.
 
Joining the Mt. Prospect Partnership in supporting the parade are The North Ward Center and Clara Maass Hospital. 

“This is a true community partnership with our business leaders, as well as, institutions like the North Ward Center and Clara Maass Hospital which have served our community for generations,” Ramos said.

This year’s festivities will include the introduction of Mary Ellen Clyne as the Godmother of the parade and Essex County Cops 4 Kids Executive Director Armando Aviles as the Godfather.

In addition to the Parade, the official Mt. Prospect Avenue tree lighting will take place at 6:30 p.m. inside of Common Thread Park (next to Fine Fare). Attendees can take selfies with Santa and enjoy face painting, hot chocolate and holiday treats from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.