BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Mount Carmel Society Feast will look a little different this year, but the procession will go on at 8 a.m. this Thursday, July 16 starting at Mount Carmel Society located at 56 River Road in Berkeley Heights.
The Mount Carmel Society will continue the traditional feast and procession this year, with some adjustments to traditions in line with safety requirements put in place by Governor Murphy due to COVID-19. The annual, traditional Procession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (the “Parade”) will begin at 8 a.m. at Mt. Carmel Society (56 River Road, Berkeley Heights) outside in the front of the building, traveling its usual route through town. Please note the change in the starting location due to the construction at Little Flower Church.
"The traditional morning “bombs” (which are in fact just fireworks) will still happen at the start of the parade to honor our blessed mother, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel," said Mount Carmel Society President Joe Franchino. After those traditional initial fireworks (“bombs”), as is tradition, they will continue throughout the parade route as the Mt. Carmel Society recognizes and salutes current and past members, those no longer with us, as well as in recognition of those impacted by the coronavirus.
After the procession, at 11a.m., a mass will be held outside at the Mount Carmel Society, in the back of the building. There will be chairs available for those in need. It will be a shortened ceremony as it will be outside and most people will be standing. Parking will be available in the front and in the rear of Mount Carmel Society.
Later that evening, the Mount Carmel society will host an evening celebration from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. featuring live music with the fan-favorite local band Missing Pieces, and a BBQ for members and guests. All attendees are asked to maintain safe social distancing (6 feet apart) or to wear masks where that is not possible along the procession route and at the evening festivities.
"Unfortunately, the famous and traditional nighttime fireworks show will be postponed this year," said Franchino. "The Mount Carmel Society hopes that the famous Feast and all the traditional fireworks displays will be scheduled safely at a future date. The Mount Carmel Society will let everyone know if and when that is possible. Thank you for your support!"