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PHOTOS: Elmwood Park Celebrates Centennial With Parade

Spencer Savings Bank was one of the float entries
Spencer Savings Bank was one of the float entries Photo Credit: Sheena Scott
The Elmwood Park Bombers entered the float contest
The Elmwood Park Bombers entered the float contest Photo Credit: Sheena Scott
Local businesses and organizations created floats for the parade
Local businesses and organizations created floats for the parade Photo Credit: Sheena Scott
The winning float
The winning float Photo Credit: COURTESY: Play Central Station
The winning float was by the Let them Be Little X2 Foundation float, which featured superheroes. Pictured here is Wolverine.
The winning float was by the Let them Be Little X2 Foundation float, which featured superheroes. Pictured here is Wolverine. Photo Credit: Sheena Scott
The parade started at the high school and led to Memorial Field, where a hometown-style fair was held
The parade started at the high school and led to Memorial Field, where a hometown-style fair was held Photo Credit: Sheena Scott
Another float entry
Another float entry Photo Credit: Sheena Scott
Iraq War veterans marched
Iraq War veterans marched Photo Credit: Sheena Scott
The parade started at 11 a.m.
The parade started at 11 a.m. Photo Credit: Sheena Scott
Hollywood stunt woman Diane Peterson rode a horse during the parade
Hollywood stunt woman Diane Peterson rode a horse during the parade Photo Credit: Sheena Scott
Saddle Brook Fire Department Engine 1
Saddle Brook Fire Department Engine 1 Photo Credit: COURTESY: Saddle Brook Township
Saddle Brook Fire Department Engine 1 rode in the parade
Saddle Brook Fire Department Engine 1 rode in the parade Photo Credit: COURTESY: Saddle Brook Township
Saddle Brook Council President Joe Camilleri, Councilman Andrew Cimiluca and Mayor Robert White joined the parade
Saddle Brook Council President Joe Camilleri, Councilman Andrew Cimiluca and Mayor Robert White joined the parade Photo Credit: COURTESY: Saddle Brook Township
The Saddle Brook High School band marched along with Elmwood Park High School's band
The Saddle Brook High School band marched along with Elmwood Park High School's band Photo Credit: Courtesy: Saddle Brook Township
The Elmwood Park High School band was one of the many bands to march and perform
The Elmwood Park High School band was one of the many bands to march and perform Photo Credit: Sheena Scott
Saddle Brook is celebrating its tricentennial. Council President Joe Camilleri, Councilman Andrew Cimiluca and Mayor Robert White helped Elmwood Park celebrate 100 years
Saddle Brook is celebrating its tricentennial. Council President Joe Camilleri, Councilman Andrew Cimiluca and Mayor Robert White helped Elmwood Park celebrate 100 years Photo Credit: COURTESY: Saddle Brook Township

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J.– Elmwood Park celebrated 100 years with a parade from the high school to Pine Street that featured floats and special guests, followed by a hometown-style fair at Memorial Field.

"This was an event that doesn't happen year after year," Councilman Joe Dombrowski said. "The many volunteers who worked long and hard to create and organize this Parade and the many other Centennial festivities throughout the year have done an amazing job.

"It's because of them that our residents got to share in a piece of Elmwood Park history."

The prize for best float went to the Let them Be Little X2 Foundation -- created by Jeff Leider, it featured superheroes.

Other participants included St. Leo’s, the History Committee, Spencer Bank, The Riverman, and North Jersey Federal Credit Union.

The Elmwood Park High School band and alumni band played along with other marching bands: Fusion Core; Philadelphia Mummer’s Marching String Band; the Hawthorne Caballeros; Morristown Drum Line; the Princeton Bushwhackers; and the marching bands from Garfield, Lodi and Saddle Brook high schools.

Classic cars, fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars traveled the parade route.

EPHS alumnae Cora Ann Mihalik, a former Fox 5 anchorwoman, walked along with the mayor and council. Hollywood stunt woman Diane Peterson rode on horseback.

Elmwood Park Girl Scouts and Brownies, Cub Scouts Pack 8, and Boy Scout Troop 80 marched as well.

The fair had food – including fried Oreos and Puerto Rican cuisine – mechanical rides, and inflatables, along with local vendors offering face painting, antique appraisals and more.

Free Shrimp, The Bucket List, and Carnaby Street all performed after the parade.

Organizers closed the night with a laser light show.

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