North Ward to host a light parade and tree lighting ceremony
Published November 28, 2018 | Manny Faces
Newark’s North Ward knows how to get the holiday season started. Their annual Holiday Light Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony set things off on Friday, November 30th from 5:30 p.m. through 6:30 p.m.
This year, the parade enjoys an expanded route, traveling down Mt. Prospect Ave. from Verona Ave. to 2nd Avenue, and will feature holiday floats designed by area students.
“Last year was a beautiful experience working with the students, teachers, principals and parents,” said Carmen Camacho of Camacho & Son Float Service, the company working with the students to create the intricate decorative floats. “Work has already started on this year’s floats and we are looking forward to the event.”
The parade will conclude at Common Thread Park, the site of the tree lighting ceremony. The park, which has received renovations in recent years thanks to funds provided by a voter-approved Open Space Trust Fund, will be gloriously decorated with a full-fledged holiday light display.
The tree lighting ceremony will then take place from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and will feature entertainment, face painting, Christmas carolers, and holiday treats including hot chocolate and holiday candy.
Rumor has it, Mr. Claus himself will be in attendance, posing for photos while on break from supervising his toymaking empire.
Newark Superintendent of Schools, Roger Leon, is excited for the collaboration between schools and the community. “The children are the future of this city,” He proclaimed. “They are the light. They are the way. Together, the schools will continue to work with organizations, local leaders, residents, and business owners on behalf of the children to make our city a beacon of hope.”