Floats and marchers streamed down South Orange Avenue Sept. 16 for New Community Corporation’s 34th annual parade, which recognized “The Faces of New Community” and the organization’s 50th anniversary.
Leading the way were parade grand marshals Madge Wilson, NCC outreach coordinator, and Kevin Brown, better known as DJ Lilman, who was born and raised in Newark.
Five floats represented various departments, including the New Community Workforce Development Center, Extended Care, the two day care centers (Community Hills Early Learning Center and Harmony House Early Learning Center), Management and Social Services. The Adult Learning Center had marchers, as did the senior buildings.
This year’s parade king and queen came from Orange Senior. John Hitchner and Elaine Avant sat on a float and waved to the crowd below.
Music was a large part of the parade, with DJ Lilman, the Patriot Brass Band, a calypso band, Basement Life and two high school bands: Central High School and Weequahic High School.
Following the parade was the Family Festival, which included many fun activities for children. There were pony rides, a bounce house, inflatable slide, video game truck, rock climbing wall and McClown providing face painting and balloon creations.
Vendors were also on hand selling items and providing information for attendees.