Under clear blue skies, Kearny’s annual Halloween parade stepped off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2015. The beautiful autumn afternoon was perfect for the ghosts and goblins, superheroes and wild animals to parade up Kearny Avenue. Prior to the start of the parade, there was an assembly of children in costume at the entrance to West Hudson Park where judges selected the best costumes in several age groups. After the costume contest, hundreds of costumed children lined up to march in the parade. As is the tradition, Mayor Alberto G. Santos and Council Members Susan McCurrie, Eileen Eckel, Marytrine De Castro, Albino Cardoso, Jonathan Giordano, and Michael Landy were in the Halloween spirit, donning costumes and leading off the parade.
The line of march included the Kearny High School Marching Band, Harrison High School Band, Kearny Junior Schools Band, St. Columcille Gaelic Pipe Band, members from the Portuguese Cultural Association and the Kearny Portuguese School (Escola de Lingua e Cultural Portuguesas de Kearny), and West Hudson Arts and Theater (W.H.A.T.). Floats were created by the Recreation Commission, Kearny High School Crew Team and Kearny Generals Football and the Kearny Public Library. The Portuguese folklore dance group Sonhos de Portugal, Vision Dance Studio and Art of Dance Studios performed in front of the reviewing stand. Fire trucks from Kearny and vehicles from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department were all part of the festivities.
As always, the parade ended with the announcement by Mayor Santos of the early arrival of Santa Claus in Kearny. A great time was had by all!
(Photos by Barbara Goldberg)