We woke up to a rainy day and a grim forecast, but the sky cleared up and we had brilliant sun for Montclair’s Fourth of July parade today. Crowds filled the streets along the parade route cheering marchers on, while children excitedly caught the candy, frisbees, balls and other goodies thrown from the floats. This year’s Grand Marshals were former Fire Chief John Gardner Sr. and former Police Chief Edward M. Giblin, who were joined by the Fralinger String Band of Philadelphia Mummers, St. Columcille United Gaelic Band, Montclair Community Band, the Montclair Police Department Color Guard, Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corp, a trio of great music groups: Parents Who Rock, School of Rock Montclair and The Modern Music Academy, your Baristas (Baristanet & Barista Kids) and many more!
Our patriotic floats didn’t win, but we ain’t mad. We had so much fun, but we have to give our congratulations to Hot from the Kettle, who won 1st Place, the Commonwealth Club who took 2nd and RE/MAX Realty’s Wizard of Oz-themed float took 3rd Place.
Our awesome photographer Chanda Hall captured the fun and festivities of Montclair’s Fourth of July Parade. See her slideshow on Barista Kids here. And to see even more photos, check out Michael Stahl’s Best Friend Photography’s slideshow.