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, in conjunction with the borough’s 90th birthday, 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 a.m. 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.
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 to the grand marshals as well as to floats that best depict this year’s theme and for ‘best band,’ ‘best antique car,’ ‘best school float,’ ‘honorary grand marshal,’ and ‘George and Marie Page.’ This year’s judges are Tony Massaro, Rick McCriskin, James Gustafson, Robert Long, 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. All food vendors who intend to cook must obtain fire department permits before Sept. 5; vendors without the proper permits will be prohibited. Additionally, Litter-Free South Plainfield announcements and litter bags, sponsored by the South Plainfield Environmental Commission Clean Communities Advisory Board, including banners, flyers and litter bags, will be located throughout the Middle School lawn festivities.
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 light-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.
2016 Parade Restrictions and Lineup Information
Lineup for the parade will begin on Cady Lane and continue to Avon, Norwood, West Crescent. Additionally, the South Plainfield Police Department will not allow any persons/students to be dropped off on Maple Avenue; drop-off will only be allowed at Kennedy School on Norwood Avenue. Please follow the directions given by the CERT members and the Parade Marshals. All must remain in the order that has been directed; there will be no switching of positions, no exceptions.
Also, no person/persons will be allowed to run out into the parade line up and no parade participants will be allowed to give out any type of pamphlets - election pamphlets, candy, etc. – and no collection of any type will be allowed. This will be strictly enforced by the South Plainfield Police Department.
The 2016 parade lineup is as follows:
South Plainfield Chief of Police James Parker and SP Police Department car
Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred Scott - Sheriff Department
South Plainfield High School Band, Tiger Van and Band Director Ryan Dore - musical performances
South Plainfield High School Cheerleaders with advisor Georgeann Larsen
South Plainfield 'Tigers' Pop Warner Football/Cheerleaders
South Plainfield Jr. Baseball Club Tigers State Championship 8U All Star Team
South Plainfield Mayor and Council - Mayor Matthew Anesh, Council President Robert Bengivenga, Jr., and Councilmembers Alex Barletta, Robert Richkus, Ray Rusnak, Derryck White, and Joe Wolak
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno
Honorary Grand Marshals – Dominic Demico, Sr. and Goergeann Cochrane (riding in convertibles donated by Matthew Anesh & Pat Desantis)
Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
South Plainfield Board of Education Members - Vice President William Seesselberg, and members Chere Glover and John Farinella; BOE President Debbie Boyle, and Kimberly Anesh joining in at the Grand Stand
South Plainfield Lions Club/eye exam mobile unit
Angels for Action - dancers and music
Red, White and Blue Stilt Walkers
Next Day Fire Company Car
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse - Jean Neuman/Ashley Grant
John Sullivan - 1949 Ford Pickup Truck
Military Order of the Purple Heart
J.J. Gardner Marine Corp League with truck
Thomas Hart - veteran
Legionnaires Pipe and Drum - music
South Plainfield Education Association - teachers/staff
New York Giants Letter People
Sons of American Revolution
Sharp Shooters Band
South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298
Middlesex County and South Plainfield ‘Right to Life’ – members, Choices Mobil Van and Volkswagon Beetle
Holy Savior Academy School float - "There's No Place Like Home"
South Plainfield Church of the Sacred Heart
Lil Asmar - bass player (in pickup truck)
My Way Carpet - truck
One Call Electric – van
Wonder Woman and Cinderella - Danielle Bythell/ Nicole Croce
South Plainfield Rescue Squad with vehicles
South Plainfield Fire Chief Tom Scalara, members and trucks
New Market Fire Department – Deputy Chief Buddy Previtera
South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission – float
South Plainfield Democratic Organization – elected officials, Council candidates Jon Dean and Gary Vesce, and NJ Governor candidate Phil Murphy
Senator Patrick Diegnan
Congressman Frank Pallone
Assemblyman Robert J. Karabinchak
Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin
Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ron Rios and Freeholders Kenneth Armwood, Charles Kenny, and Blanquita Valenti
Middlesex County Clerk Elaine Flynn
Scooby Doo and Ninja Turtle - Kendra Buckley/Amanda DeGasperis
Unforgettable Autos - 1960 Savoy/1976 Trans Am
Jersey Brass Band - music
Franklin Marshall III - touring celebrity
Car Nutz Club - 10 autos
Col Kelly Pipe and Drum - music
International Brotherhood or Electric Workers Local #94
South Plainfield First Baptist Church
Princess Belle and Shrek - Tyler Nelson/AJ Gonzales
South Plainfield Boy Scouts 309/Cub Scouts 207, 224, 324 - float
South Plainfield Girl Scouts - float
Fred Lehotay - music
South Plainfield Republican Organization - candidates and elected officials, including Council candidates Stephanie Bartfalvi and Ray Rusnak; Middlesex County candidate for Sheriff - Peter Pisar; Middlesex County Freeholder candidates - Joe Scillieri, Jimmy Hu, Kathleen Calabrese; and 6th District candidate for Congress - Brent Sonnek-Schmelz
Batman and Kung Fu Panda "Po" - Walter Panameno/Nick Grant
St. Stephens Evangelical Lutheran Church
New Jersey Polka Band - music
1981 Corvette - Paul Fessock and Ella Fessock
Mrs. Incredible and Cookie Monster - Justice Lapuma/Camryn Schaffer
Buddha's Light International Association of New Jersey
Metro Festival Band
Spirit '76 Cadillac Eldorado
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:
AJ Jersey, Inc.
Allen Flavors, Inc.
AM Quick Stop (c/o A&M Royal Corp)
Coppolas Garden Center, LLC
McCriskin-Gustafson Home for Funerals
One Call Electrical, Heating & Cooling Services, Inc.
Park Avenue Dental
Rich Tree Service, Inc.
South Plainfield Education Association
South Plainfield Elks
The Bedrock Clinical & Research Center, Inc.
Twin City Pharmacy
Buddha’s Light International Association
Edith’s Hair Salon
Fischer Contracting, Inc.
South Plainfield Education Foundation
South Plainfield Observer
The Valluzzi Group, LLC Vail
Ames Advanced Materials Corporation
Beatrice Home Fashions
D’Annunzio & Sons, Inc.
Fire and Safety Services, Ltd.
Harris Realty Company, LLC
Home Depot of South Plainfield
J&L of Plainfield, Inc.
JUST Packaging, Inc.
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
Captain "G"'s Sweet Tooth
Maglione’s Italian Ice
South Plainfield Lions Club
South Plainfield Music Boosters
Uncle Louie G
ATA Blackbelt Academy
Essential Oils by Marie D’Urso
D’Urso Jerusalem Lodge #26
ID Life (Health & Wellness)
Jerusalem Lodge #26
John Birch Society
My Way Carpet
South Plainfield Democratic Organization
Tyre Gifts and Novelties
BSA Troup 253
Buddha’s Light International Association
Cedarcroft Bible Chapel
First Baptist Church
Plainfield Area Human Society
South Plainfield Competitive Cheerleading
South Plainfield Cheerleaders Parents Association
South Plainfield Juniorettes – Alex’s Lemonade Stand
South Plainfield Democratic Organization
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
Col. D.B. Kelly Pipe and Drum
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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