Tuesday was a beautiful day for a parade and Montclair’s 67th annual 4th of July Parade did not disappoint. The parade, like Montclair, had a diverse lineup, featuring the young and old, candidates and political opinion, music, amazing floats, art, even a visit from Santa, and of course, it all ends with Elvis (a.k.a. Peter Giuffra).
Perennial parade favorite the Commonwealth Club, with a wink and a nod to the development of the historic Lackawanna train station, created an Erie Lackawanna railroad train complete with billowing smoke (and water spray!). The Little Daisy Bake Shop offered a sweet surprise with their three-tiered cake float.
An energetic group from Montclair Community Pre-K, featuring current students and alumni, proudly served as parade grand marshal.
Music made the parade come alive with bagpipes, incredible performances by Fralinger String Band of Philadelphia and Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps, student musicians from Jazz House Kids and School of Rock Montclair, as well as Montclair Community Band (videos below).
Mikie Sherrill, who is challenging Rep. Ronald Frelinghuysen in the 11th district, made her parade debut as a candidate, marching with an enthusiastic group of supporters. Aging in Montclair marched to bring awareness to senior issues, while another group showed support for Montclair Public Schools and a plea to “Stop the Layoffs.”