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Newton's Annual Holiday Parade Welcomes the Holiday Season

Michael Francisco sits on Santa Claus's lap outside the Fire Museum after the Holiday Parade. Credits: Danielle Francisco
Andover Pack 181, decorates a float for the Christmas Fantasy theme of the Newotn Parade Credits: Danielle Francisco
Mayor Daniel Flynn, Councilwoman Kirsten Becker, and Councilman Wayne Levante march in the Holiday Parade Credits: Danielle Francisco
Troop 95010 decorates a float for the parade theme of Christmas Fantasy Credits: Danielle Francisco
A goat is dressed up as the Goat Express, and marches in the Newton Holiday Parade Credits: Danielle Francisco
A Gingerbread marches in the Newon Holiday Parade beside one of the floats Credits: Danielle Francisco

NEWTON, NJ—Newton started the holiday season with the annual holiday parade that is hosted by the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

This year the parade fell on Saturday, November 28. Spring Street was lined with residents from Newton and all over Sussex County.

Parade Sponsors included ThorLabs, Sussex Bank, Hayek’s Market, Sam’s Club and the Home Depot, who donated the tree that Santa took pictures next to with children of the towns.

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Those who participated in the parade included:

  • The Newton Police Chief Michael Richards
  • The Newton High School Band
  • Town Mayor, Daniel Flynn, Councilwoman Kristen Becker, and Councilman Wayne Levante
  • 2014 Queen of the Fair, Miss Sparta Aimee Buchanan, driven by Bob Woods
  • Second runner up, Miss Newton, Amelia Macchietto, driven by Mark Hildebrant
  • First runner up, Miss Sandyston, Aliena Hull and People’s Choice, Miss Franklin, Jennifer Slater driven by AnnaMarie Heverly
  • Miss Byram, Maura Chozick and  Miss Green, Stephanie Ahmad, driven by Charlie Schaffer
  • Miss Hampton, Kalei Winfield and Miss Hardyston, Kimberly Jones, driven by Judy Wilson
  • Miss Lafayette, Julia Tomlinson and Miss Ogdensburg, Brianna Inglima, driven by Jim Taylor
  • Miss Stillwater, Amanda Borkstrom and Miss Vernon, Jenna Day, driven by Keith Woelfel
  • Little Miss Newton, Zariah Moore and Little Mister Newton, Rodolfo Romero, driven by Bill
  • Christ Community Church, which had a float with a live band
  • WSUS
  • D’Marge Dance Studio, who did a Rockette Routine (video)
  • Model A Club, 
  • Sussex County Miners Baseball Team
  • Strength & Motion Fitness (video)
  • 200 Club of Sussex County
  • Girl Scout Troops
    • Green Brownies 5825,
    • Newton Troops 5688, 6154, 6308, 6588, 96133, 95010 (float),
    • Vernon Troop 96350 (float),
    • Kittatinny Troop 4250 (float)
  • High Point Service Unit and Kittatinny Service Units (float)
  • Kittatinny High School Band
  • Boy Scout Troops
    • Andover/Newton Troop 85,
    • Fredon Pack 92 (float),
    • Cub Pack 82 (float),
    • Hampton Pack 96 (float),
    • Cub Pack 184 (float),
    • Andover Cub Pack 181,  
    • Cub Pack 85
  • Merry Go Riders 4H Club
  • Awesome Alpaca Aventures/Goats Galore
  • 4H Club All Star Rabbit (float)
  • Sussex County Capricians
  • Little Critters Group (float)
  • Loping Life Horse Club (float)
  • Breeder & Feeders
  • Shelton Shooters (float)
  • Furry Friends (float)
  • Love on a Leash (float)
  • Bunnies-N- Buddies Club (float)
  • Camp Auxilium Learning Center (floats)
  • GNCC (float)
  • Fire Departments
    • Newton, Andover Boro, Andover Township, Lakeland EMS, and Fredon
  • Newton First Aid Squad

After the parade, Santa came back down Spring Street, on the Newton Fire Truck escorted by the Newton High School Band. 

The weather held out allowing Santa to sit outside the newly renovated Fire Museum to hand out gifts and take pictures with the children of Newton.


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