The Harrison Fest 2016 Parade doesn't just appear out of the air. The organization of the Parade takes a lot of planning. Besides Marching Bands, Civic Organizations, Elected Official & Dignitaries, School Groups, Cheerleaders, the Family of the Year, the Veteran of the Year, etc., you need floats. What's a Parade without floats. So, we want to thank the sponsors of our floats, Thomas Banker (Miss United Nations Queens Float), Pharmacy Plus & Surgical Supplies (Harrison Schools Float), Berto Construction (Family of the Year Float), Vermela Harrison & Pearlman & Miranda Attorney/Businesses, Heyer, Gruel & Associates, Party Horizons, Banielle Inc. (Veteran of the Year Float). Kushner Real Estate Group (Reviewing Stand/Main Stage). Here are some pictures of the floats which took part in the Parade. Thank you Sponsors for your assistance. Click on the pictures below to enlarge them.
On Saturday, September 17th, over sixty-five different organizations marched in the Harrison Fest 2016 Parade. United States Senator Robert Menendez pulled up at 12 Noon to the cheers of onlookers and minutes later the Parade started down Harrison Avenue in route passed the Town Hall Review Stand then on to 2nd Street. Senator Menendez was greeted warmly by the parade watchers as he made his way down Harrison Avenue.
Senator Menendez's visit to Harrison was kept under wraps and was a surprise to many. A woman participating in the Parade said as she passed the reviewing stand in front of Town Hall, "Isn't that Senator Menendez?" to which a onlooker stated "Yes, it is Senator Menendez."
The Senator was very gracious opening the Parade and thanking the Harrison Fest Committee for its great work and specifically mentioning Councilman Anselmo Millan who is the President of the Harrison Fest Committee.
Senator Menendez stayed for the entire parade and then took pictures with individuals who wanted to record their mutual attendance at Harrison Fest 2016. At one point, Senator Menendez was helping individuals to get off the main stage.
The Harrison Fest Committee and Councilman Anselmo Millan want to thank Senator Robert Menendez for accepting the invitation to participate in Harrison Fest 2016. It was not the first time Senator Menendez came to the Harrison Fest Parade. The last time the Senator came it was raining but stopped raining when he arrived. This year the Senator brought perfect Sunshine and a breeze before he arrived. Thank you Senator, it was a perfect Saturday and your attendance made it even better.
The forecast says it will be 75 degrees and Sunny tomorrow at 12 Noon as the Harrison Fest 2016 Parade kicks off from Joseph Supor Boulvard down Harrison Avenue. There are close to 70 different organizations participating including Marching Bands, Dancers, Musicians, our Queens, Cheerleaders, Youth Sports Teams, Antique Cars, many Civic Organizations some with Folkloric dancers, Harrison Police Department, Hudson County Sheriff's Department, Harrison Fire Department, East Newark Fire Department and Kearny Fire Department, and elected officials from Local, County, State and Federal government.
For those assembling for the Parade on Supor Blvd. Look at our Map by clicking here. Assembly begins at 10 a.m. but if your early you can grab breakfast at some of the local restaurants / deli along Harrison Avenue a short walk from Supor Blvd. Yes... you can go to Burger King as well which is on the corner of Harrison Avenue and Supor Blvd.
A little over 400 people attended the Harrison Fest 2016 Queens United Nations Gala dinner last Friday night at the Holy Cross Banquet Hall. Twenty five Queens were scheduled to attend but two were unable to attend. If everything works out, all Twenty five Queens will be at the Harrison Fest 2016 International Parade on Saturday, September 17, 2016 kicking off at 12 Noon.
The Queens Gala Dinner also honored Veteran of the Year, Edwin G. Marshman; Grand Marshall of Harrison Fest 2016, Albert J. Cifelli; Jr. Grand Marshall, singer Adiel Torres; Business Woman of the Year, Laurie Ann Valente of Harrison Cab Company; Businessman of the Year, Antonio Valente Silva of Silva Construction & Demolition; Man of the Year, Michael Fernandez of the Spanish Pavillion; Padrino Internacional, Jaime Pardo; Senior of the Year, Joan Finnerty; Woman of the Year, Fernanda Batel and the Family of the Year, The Alday Family.
The Master of Ceremony was Marleny Cruz and the Queens Coordinator & Coach was Marggiori Patrizia Salas, Gala Decorator was Juana Bravo Carpio of Edevents Party NJ, Cake and Pastry Designer, Binicio Salas. Performing were Gennesie Zuniga and Melvin Araujo, Marinera Performers and Dancers and Adiel Torres (Jr. Grand Marshall) a Musician and Singer.
The Queens were as follows: Gisselle D'Ambrogio (Argentina), Chloe Magliotti (Brazil), Khaisee Marquez (Chile), Kelly Zheng (China), Pamela Rodriguez* (Colombia), Sade Jimenez (Cuba), Luz Montan (Dominican Republic), Denisse Calderon (Ecuador), Savannah Monterrosa (El Salvador) Layla Barakat (Egypt), Luisa Grunauer (Germany), Samantha Ortiz (Guatemala), Mayela Margarita Lopez Sierra (Honduras), Kiran Kainth (India), Alexi Shelley (Ireland), Silvana Tejada Federici* (Italy), Katie Esteves (Japan), Rosa Orzuna (Mexico), Hiba Adina (Morocco), Izayana Mendoza (Nicaragua), Allison Marquez (Peru), Sylwia Kolodziej (Poland), Diane Costa (Portugal), Gabriella Lopez (Puerto Rico), and Karla Vasquez (Spain).
Some pictures of the Gala Dinner are available on our Gala Queens 2016 page click here.
* Indicates did not attend Gala Dinner.