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Photos by Fritz Rethage -- Posted
November 29, 2003
2003 Chamber Holiday Parade
Despite a rainy, windy evening --
holiday spirits were high with the anticipation of Santa -- as the biggest &
best ever Annual Chamber Holiday Parade began
7:00 p.m., Friday night, November 28. The parade featured Honor Guards,
marching bands, large and small floats, community groups, unique cars, fire trucks -- plus
Santa! The parade was enjoyed by thousands of children of all ages.
According to Chamber of Commerce
President Thomas E. Meli, many groups contributed to this year's success to include:
The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department presented a brand new color guard just for this
event, and the HHFD invited the Bergen County Fire Academy Bag-Pipe Band.
Hackensack University Medical Center adopted this parade and spent thousands of dollars
for new floats, Shop-Rite of Hasbrouck Heights sponsored a major band, Kundert Volvo
supplied cars, Cinelli Iron and Metal supplied floats and prizes, and McDonalds provided
Ronald McDonald. Anania Insurance Agency, Gateway Realtors, Assemblywoman Rose Marie
Heck and Prudential Merendino Realty donated floats.
The Pork Store, Stop & Shop, Sylvester's, Dunkin Donuts and the Hackensack University
Medical Center supplied food. Many businesses gave donations. The VFW provided the
hall. Gary Wells did the poster. Bergen Commercial Bank, Fleet Bank and Eudan
operated hot chocolate stands. Heights Flower Shoppe and Kathy Dunn sponsored Santa and
Mrs. Claus's visit to the Senior Center where they met with the children immediately
after the Parade.
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Grand Marshal Joe Calacione -- a former POW who was awarded the Silver Star
Grand Marshal Charlie Petro -- received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart
and on D-Day, landed on Omaha Beach
The Battleship New Jersey Float
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