Carteret Prepares For Weekend Of Celebration

Photo credit: Peter Van Lancker

CARTERET — For 35 years, the arrival of September in Carteret has brought with it the town’s Ethnic Day Festival, a day full of entertainment, foods, and crafts that celebrate the diversity that characterizes this suburban community. With the introduction of his Children’s Charity Trust Fund, Mayor Dan Reiman has since expanded the week of celebrations to four days with the Children’s Charity Carnival and Charity Car Show.

Ethnic Day will be held this Saturday, from 8 a.m. until the carnival resumes at 4 p.m., marked by a performance by Carteret’s own The Smithereens at 5 p.m. and a fireworks show to be held at 9:15 p.m.

Ethnic Day will be followed by the town’s annual car show, held on Carteret Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The Children’s Charity Carnival will begin Thursday, Sept. 2, with a variety of rides, games and foods, that have made the event a family attraction for years, and conclude on Saturday, Sept. 4. Carnival hours are 6-10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 4-11 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday.

There will be a performance by “Moonlight Mile,” a live tribute to the Rolling Stones, on Friday night at 7 p.m. The Smithereens and friends will perform from 5-9 p.m. on Sunday, with fireworks scheduled to go off at 9:15 p.m.

“This is always an extraordinary week for celebration with the variety of events hosted,” Reiman said. “Our Children’s Charity Carnival is a fun array of family oriented attractions that has raised tens of thousands of dollars for children’s causes, while our 35th Annual Ethnic Day showcases the cultures that contribute to Carteret’s diversity. The Car Show has become a staple in our annual events and provides plenty to marvel at for car enthusiasts.”

These events are hosted annually at Carteret Park.

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