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South Plainfield to Host 59th Annual Labor Day Parade

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Georgeann Cochrane
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This year's parade will be led by the South Plainfield High School Marching Band and co-Honorary Grand Marshals Georgann Cochrane and Dominic Demico, Sr.  Credits: Victoria Caruso
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Dominic Demico, Sr. with his son, Dominic, Jr. and grandson, Dominic III. 
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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield’s 59th annual Labor Day Parade – one of the oldest and best attended in the state – will take place on Monday, Sept. 5. The theme of this year’s parade is ’90 Years of Red Carpet - Movies, Music, Theater.’

The day's festivities will begin with the 26th Annual 5K Race and 1.5-Mile Family Fun Fitness Walk. Registration starts at 8:15 am on Lake Avenue next to the middle school with the race/walk starting at 9:30 a.m. Trophies will be awarded when all participants have completed the course.

Roads near the PAL and along the parade route will be closed at approximately 9 a.m. with the parade stepping off at 10 a.m. from the Police Athletic League building (PAL). This year’s parade will be led by the South Plainfield High School Marching Band along with 2016’s Honorary Grand Marshals Georgeann Cochrane and Dominic Demico, Sr.

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The route is as follows: Maple Avenue to Plainfield Avenue – past Borough Hall where announcers William ‘Bill’ Cochrane and Al Czech will be stationed. The parade will then bear right at 7-Eleven, at the reviewing stand in front of South Plainfield Middle School.

As in previous years, the parade judges will be stationed at the reviewing stand on the corner of Plainfield Avenue and Lake Avenue in front of South Plainfield Middle School. The judges will award trophies for the best floats depicting this year’s theme as well as for ‘best band,’ ‘best antique car,’ ‘best school float,’ ‘Honorary Grand Marshal,’ and more. This year’s judges are Tony Massaro, Rick McCriskin, James Gustafson, Robert Longo, Calvin Gross, Shannon Jefferys, Tom Lanza, and Cheryl Nagel-Smiley.

Immediately following the parade the annual community picnic will take place on the grounds of South Plainfield Middle School. There will be live entertainment, food, vendors, and local business displays as well as games and free activities for children, including a funhouse and slide. Please note, all food vendor who intend to cook must obtain fire department permits before Sept. 5; vendors without the proper permits will be prohibited.

South Plainfield’s Labor Day festivities will conclude on Monday evening at Spring Lake Park. Beginning at 6 p.m., there will be live music from Amp’d and vendors offering food and lght-up items for purchase. Free glow necklaces will be distributed while supplies last. Roads will be closed at 8:15 p.m. with the fireworks show presented by Pyrotecnico scheduled to start at 8:45 p.m.

Please note, due to the festivities, South Plainfield School will operate on a delayed opened Tuesday, Sept. 6.

For further information about South Plainfield’s 59th Annual Labor Day Parade and festivities, contact Public Celebrations Committee Chair Debbie Boyle at (908) 803-1573.

 

Labor Day sponsors, as of press time, include:

Fireworks

Comcast

AristaCare

Gold

AJ Jersey, Inc.

Allen Flavors, Inc.

AM Quick Stop (c/o A&M Royal Corp)

ANS Consultants

Coppolas Garden Center, LLC

Marino/Ware

McCriskin-Gustafson Home for Funerals

Norbet Trucking

One Call Electrical, Heating & Cooling Services, Inc.

Park Avenue Dental

Prolong Pharmaceuticals

Rich Tree Service, Inc.

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South Plainfield Education Association

South Plainfield Elks

The Bedrock Clinical & Research Center, Inc.

Twin City Pharmacy

Silver

Buddha’s Light International Association

Edith’s Hair Salon

Fischer Contracting, Inc.

Impact Church

South Plainfield Observer

The Valluzzi Group, LLC Vail

Patron

ACME Markets

Ames Advanced Materials Corporation

Beatrice Home Fashions

Boro Recycling

D’Annunzio & Sons, Inc.

Fire and Safety Services, Ltd.

Gerimedix, Inc.

Harris Realty Company, LLC

Home Depot of South Plainfield

J&L of Plainfield, Inc.

JUST Packaging, Inc.

Party City

Paulo’s Bar & Restaurant

Royal Coffee New York

Sakoutis Brothers Disposal, Inc.

Sam’s Subway, LLC

South Plainfield Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning

Two Rivers Coffee

US Plastic Sales

Food

South Plainfield Lions Club

Maglione’s Italian Ice

Captain "G"'s Sweet Tooth

SPHS Music Boosters

Vendors

ATA Blackbelt Academy

Essential Oils by Marie

D’Urso Jerusalem Lodge #26

Tyre Gifts and Novelties

South Plainfield Democratic Organization 

John Birch Society 

My Way Carpet

Edward Wasilewski  

Non-Profit Organizations

BSA Troup 253

Buddha’s Light International Association

Cedarcroft Bible Chapel

Plainfield Area Human Society

South Plainfield Music Boosters

South Plainfield Juniorettes – Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Music/Entertainment

Funny Factory - Stilt Walkers, Cowboy Ropper, Stunt Car,Red-White-Blue-Stilt Walker

Sharpshooters Band of No. Jersey

Legionnaire's Marching Band

John Luckenbill - 11 pc. Band

John Luckenbill - Polka Band

Fred Lehotay

Col. D.B. Kelly Pipe and Drum

Bill Richards

World of Rock - Fender Benders (performing at the middle school)

Amp'd (performing before the fireworks)

Metropolitan Festival Band

Lil Asmar  (9-year-old bass player)

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