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.
Seven sponsors have made Harrison Avenue more festive and raising awareness along with the Harrison Fest 2016 Street Banner that something special is about to happen on the weekend of Friday September 16, Saturday September 17, and Sunday the 18th. Mark your calendar and please support our sponsors, Chinatown Restaurant (their arch is located in front of their restaurant), Spanish Pavillion, Silva Construction & Demolition, Harrison Cab Company, Kearny Bank, Hockmeyer, and Lusitania Savings Bank.
The Harrison Fest Committee wants to thank these organizations for their support in making the Street Arches a reality.
The Observer ran a very nice and detailed article in the August 17, 2016 Edition about this year's Harrison Fest. Correspondent Ron Leir covered all the bases including the Friday September 9 United Nations Pageant Gala, to the Solemn Mass at Holy Cross Church on Friday, September 16, 2016 and the Parade on Saturday, September 17, 2016. A big Thank You to the Observer for letting the public know about the various activities making part of Harrison Fest 2016.
A year ago OutFront media converted its billboard overlooking Route 280 in Harrison from a traditional (static) billboard to an electronic billboard. The billboard went live shortly thereafter and coincided with last year's Harrison Fest. Outfront Media was nice enough to produce and display advertisements for last year's Harrison Fest and OutFront Media has once again designed and offered to display information about our events to get the word out about our United Nations Gala Pageant, our Parade, and our Street Fair events. A big Thank You for OutFront Media for your support.
On Friday September 16, 2016 through Sunday, September 18, 2016, the Town of Harrison will be celebrating Harrison Fest and be joined by the Harrison Fest Queens who will hold their Gala Dinner on Friday, September 9, 2016 in the Holy Cross Church Banquet Hall.
If last years successful Harrison Fest, doesn't convince you to come to enjoy the diverse ethnic groups gathered together in a festive weekend with a parade, street festival with vendors, games, DJ and live act and performing artists then we don't know what to say. Last year the Harrison Fest was a spectacular success. This year, it is anticipated that the crowds will be much larger since word has gotten out that it’s the place to have fun and be seen.
On Saturday, September 17 at 12 noon there will be a parade formed by many different ethnic groups, political leaders and community groups including marching bands and floats. There will be a stage area where following the parade multicultural performing artists and folkloric groups will perform on Saturday, September 17 from 2pm to 10 pm and on Sunday, September 18 from 1pm to 5pm.
Harrison Avenue from Davis Avenue to 2nd Street will be closed to vehicle traffic and turned into a pedestrian mall. On Saturday, September 17, Harrison Avenue will be closed temporarily at Joseph Supor Blvd or approximately 1 hour to allow the Harrison Fest Parade to come off Joseph Supor Boulevard onto Harrison in route to Harrison Town and 2nd Street. Harrison Avenue will remain closed at Davis Avenue during the festival. For complete details click on the Parade Menu item at the top of the page.
Check back for additional details in the mean time explore our site which contains photos and videos of past Harrison Fests.
Once again the Spirit of the Season engulfed the basement of the Holy Cross Annex lifting the spirits of families and bringing joy to children. Over 1300 adults and children were feed and provided with entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus who gave each an age appropriate gift. The Harrison Fire Department sponsored a professional photographer and a picture with Santa for each child and some of the adults (children at heart). The new Volunteers may have thought we are never going to have enough food or gifts but the veteran Volunteers knew that Councilman Anselmo never turns anyone away and it will all work out in the end.
Thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers whose efforts brought Joy to the faces of Children and their families.