BERNARDSVILLE, NJ _ Bernardsville's first Holiday Parade and second annual Cookie Walk last weekend was a feast for the eyes and taste buds.

The day started with a Cookie Walk in which participants were able to visit and load up on cookies offered by about 22 participating businesses. 

Many cookie lovers finished up with boxes of goodies, said Olivia Manning, founder and executive director of Downtown Bernardsville, which sponsored both events last Saturday, Dec. 14.

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More important, the crowd had fun, and brought together community members and local business proprieters, said Manning, co-owner of Wavelength Audio Video in Bernardsville.

The Holiday Parade started at Seney Drive at 5 p.m. and ended up in the parking lot at Bernards High  School, to socialize, take a closer look at floats, talk to Santa and sing carols. 

About nine floats were created by local organizations, businesses and individuals, Manning said. J. Walker Salon and Spa provided the horse and buggy, she said.

Based on the event's success, Manning said she expects that the parade will be held again next year.