National Guard Invited To Take Part In Linden Halloween Parade

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LINDEN – The theme of this year’s annual Halloween Parade is “Welcome Home” and the Grand Marshal is collectively all Linden veterans who have served in the Iraq and Afghan wars, parade officials announced this week.

Members of the New Jersey National Guard have been invited to march as honored guests in the parade. They will be joined by the Naval Jr. ROTC from Linden High School and Marine ROTC units from surrounding local high schools.

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This year’s parade will step off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, from the Community Center Building at 605 South Wood Avenue. The one-mile long parade will proceed up Wood Avenue past the main reviewing stand at City Hall and to its conclusion at School #1.

The parade will feature some fantastic music as the award winning Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights Drum and Bugle Corp, the Carteret Post #263 Champion Legionnaires Senior Marching Band, the Union County Police and Fire Pipe and Drum Band and the Denville String Band will all perform along with local high school marching bands, Fred Lahotay and the Ragtimers and some local rock and roll groups.

The Halloween Parade Committee expects the usual tremendous turn out of Linden School children in their costumes, various floats, the Salaam Temple Motor Corps and a lot of fun.

Volunteers are still needed to assist with the parade.  If you’re interested, call 1-908-474-8600 or attend a Wednesday night meeting at 7 p.m. at the John T. Gregorio  Recreation Center, 330 Helen Street, Linden.


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