Crowds Line Streets Of Ridgewood, NJ For The Return Of The Fourth Of July Annual Parade – CBS New York
RIDGEWOOD, NJ (CBSNew York) – A long-standing tradition returned to New Jersey this July 4th weekend. People lined the streets of Ridgewood again for a parade.
It ended shortly before noon Monday, but excitement was still in the air, CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reported.
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The parade was canceled last year due to COVID.
Many people Dhillon spoke to said there was no way they would miss him this time around.
Ridgewood’s 111th July 4th Parade kicked off with a starry explosion. Dozens of floats meander through the streets of this picturesque village, radiating pride and patriotism.
âWe love it, it’s really fun. We were sad to miss it last year because of the coronavirus, âone person said.
âI am happy that we are still celebrating our independence and I am happy to be an American,â said another.
âThat’s good. He loves fire trucks, but we love the sense of community right now,â said Ashley Goodelman.
The procession of marching bands and flag bearers is an annual tradition that dates back to 1910.
Another tradition was that people lined the street in advance – sometimes days before with chairs – determined to have the best view of the route.
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Twenty members of the Gooddell family set up their chairs on Saturday.
âWe’ve been here probably every year for the past 40 years,â said Alan Gooddell. “The same place, right here, because we always love this place by the tree and then everyone knows to come, get there early, sit on the sidewalk.”
While this year’s event has been reduced with fewer floats and participants, organizers have said the parade is the heart of the community.
âIt’s a really exciting tradition. I mean, last year we really couldn’t have it. The world was in such a movement, âsaid organizer Leigh Gilsenan. âWe were really convinced we had it this year. A return to normal. It’s a fantastic tradition. The kids love it, the city loves it.
There are usually fireworks on the night of the festivities, but these have been canceled this year. The organizers hope to find them again next year.
Even without the fireworks, the crowds were delighted with the starry procession.
âIt’s one of the most exciting activities in Bergen County every year,â said volunteer Bill Carbone.
âI feel the community, the support and the people coming together,â said Jonathan Goodelman.
Community members said the return of the parade was a great way to mark the country’s anniversary and independence.
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Kiran Dhillon of CBS2 contributed to this report.