The Halloween Parade and Recreation Commission Chairwoman Lyla De Castro Lawdanski announced that Kearny’s annual Halloween parade stepped off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2018. The beautiful autumn afternoon was perfect for the ghosts, goblins and superheroes to parade along Kearny Avenue. Prior to the start of the parade, hundreds of costumed children lined up to march in the parade which stepped off on Kearny Avenue at Woodland Avenue, and traveled north past the town hall.
As is the tradition, Mayor Alberto G. Santos and Council Members Carol Jean Doyle, Eileen Eckel, Marytrine De Castro and Peter Santana were in the Halloween spirit, donning costumes and leading off the parade. Kearny residents, businesses, civic and social organizations, schools, and all those in costume were invited to march in the parade and take part in the festivities.
The line of march included the Kearny High School Marching Band, Kearny Junior Schools Band and St. Columcille Gaelic Pipe Band. Floats were created by the Recreation Commission and Kearny Generals Football. Dance groups from Vision Dance Studio, Art of Dance Studio, and The Next Step School of Dance performed in front of the reviewing stand. Fire trucks from Kearny and vehicles from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department and the Kearny Police Lead team were all part of the festivities.
As always, the parade ended with the announcement by Mayor Alberto G. Santos of the early arrival of Santa Claus in Kearny. A great time was had by all!
Photos by Barbara Goldberg