South Plainfield conducts a ‘Parade Around the World’ on Labor Day

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. and Assemblyman Rob Karabinchak were honored to take part in the Borough of South Plainfield’s 63rd Annual Labor Day Parade.

The parade, which is New Jersey’s oldest and largest, featured floats, bands, stilt walkers, unicyclists, jugglers, antique cars, and much more.

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With “Parade Around the World” serving as the theme of this year’s event, many of the decorated floats and participants reflected cultures and traditions from countries across the globe.

An annual Labor Day 5K Race and 1.5 Mile Family Fitness Walk preceded the parade, which was followed by a festival at Veterans Park with music, food, beverages, games, arts and crafts.

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A fireworks show at Spring Lake Park, which was scheduled to conclude the borough’s Labor Day activities, was postponed until Sept. 10 at 8:30 p.m. due to the threat of inclement weather.

Orchestrating the parade and accompanying Labor Day activities is a massive undertaking that requires an inordinate amount of planning and coordination from the South Plainfield Celebrations Committee and others.

Senator Diegnan and Assemblyman Karabinchak congratulated the South Plainfield Celebrations Committee for its selection of businesswoman and former borough council member Darlene Tedesco-Cullen as this year’s Labor Day Parade Honorary Grand Marshal.

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The parade followed a route along Maple and Plainfield avenues starting at the Police Athletic League complex and concluding at South Plainfield Middle School.

Participants included borough police, fire and EMS, active and retired military, elected state and local leaders, youth sports teams and countless others.

Congressman Frank Pallone,  Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred Scott, and Middlesex County Commissioners Charlie Tomaro, Claribel Azcona-Barber and Chanelle Scott McCullum were among the dignitaries who took part.

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