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Clifton’s Halloween Parade and HarvestFest

By on November 13, 2015

CLIFTON, NJ – On Sunday, October 25, 2015 the Clifton Board of Recreation conducted the annual Halloween Parade and HarvestFest at Main Memorial Park. Over 114 participants marched down Main Avenue in the parade along with several City Officials, the Sheriff’s Department, the Clifton Police and Fire Department, the CHS Mustang Marching Band, local business mascots and more. At the park each group paraded past the judges and winners in the following categories were selected: 0-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-12 years, teens & adults, pets and families and floats. Prizes were awarded to the top winners and a trophy to the best costume in each category. Recreation volunteers and Board of Recreation Members helped to make the event successful. Many donations were made by businesses in the community as prizes for the costume contest. Below is a list of this year’s winners. Congratulations to all! (In photo: Best in Group from Ages 6-8 category winner Ben Smith- dressed as a rock star)

Best in Group – Mario Cheaz – dressed as a peacock.
Other winners in this group – Coby Colon, Cane Colon, Dushka, Liz Romero, and Mario Cheaz.

Halloweenstfes20167Floats & Families:
Best in Group – the Smith Family as Ben Franklin
Other winners in group – the Godoy Family, Pirog Family, Kosior Family, Billson Family, Smith Family, Folley/Sawicki Families, Gailit Family, Juarez Family, Medina Family, Van Wie Family, Munoz Family, and Pollati Family.

Ages 0-3:
Best in Group – Alexander Person – dressed as an Octopus
Other winners in group: Alexa, Kalina Lazor, Lara Bertogli, Lucyna Lazor, Mikayla Lehansky, Alexa Lehansky, Isabella Pearock, Bradley Bertogli, Noah Raghoo, Alexander Pearson, Adrian Sewell, and Maxwell Cadet.

Ages 4-5:
Best in group – Leah Callirgas – dressed as a Bat Girl
Other winners in group: Valerie Pecho, Matthew Greyson Santos, Dana Brown, Cassandra Craig, Gabriel Vasquez, Sasha Torres, Xzavier Taboada, Lidia Canova, Rachelle Lugo, Sophia Guerrero, Leah Callirgas, Isaiah, and  Nathan Smith.

Ages 6-8:
Best in group: Benjamin Smith – dressed as Rockstar
Other winners in group: Alexis Smith, Matias Morales, Benjamin Smith, Natalie Coloral, Mia Ferrndiz, Adrian Martinez, Camila Borga, Chloe Landrith, Yash Naik, Sofia Vasquez, Andrew Romero, and Anto Inette

Halloween%20P0196Ages 9-12:
Best in group: Mariah Fay- dressed as Up in Clifton
Other winners in group: Mariah Fay, Alexandra, Gabriela Perez, Sebastian Romero, Jonathan Avaceno, Mark Williams, Gabriela Celi, Mia Turrin, Lila Knowles, Aariana Mendez, Pippa Knowles, and Alyssa Celi.

Adults & Teens:
Best in group: Jessica Van Wie – dressed as a wood fairy
Other winners in group: Jessica Van Wie, Barbie Mullee, Jesenia Gomez, Oscar Colon, and Jose Mendez.

(In photo: Best in Group from Ages 9-12 category winner Mariah Fay- dressed as Up in Clifton)

The winners of the “Best in Group” from each categories is bestowed the privilege of being the 2016 Royal Court of the HarvestFest and they will get to ride in the Hayride during the Halloween Parade next year. Congratulations to all our winners and participants!

In addition to the costume contest, there was the Annual Apple Pie Baking Contest. Winners received gift cards from various supermarkets. This year’s Apple Pie winners were: 1st place-Naomi Oyanguren, 2nd place- Lily Borrelli and 3rd place-Lynn Zehr. Honorable Mention was given to Ruth Oyanguren, Marlene Chidiac, Barbara Davila and Melissa Siegel for their delicious Apple Pies. Donations were also received for various prizes distributed during the costume contest as well as financial contributions from various organizations and businesses in the community. This year’s donors included: The Hot Grill, Stop & Shop -Broad St., Garden Palace Lanes, Carnival Concessions, Provident Bank, Gerry D’s Catering, Meltdown Grill, Get Well Urgent Care, Colonial Pharmacy, Mad Science of Northeast NJ, ShopRite of Clifton/Passaic, Allwood Pet Center, AMC Theatres, Furrs N Purrs, Wendy’s -Main Ave., Clifton, Fun Castle Center, Garden Palace Lanes, Uno’s Chicago Grill Clifton, Ametis Pizzeria, Villa Roma, Mario Restaurant, Villa Pizza, Wize Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, Angelo’s Restaurant, Route 3 Pizza, Barilaris Pizzeria & Restaurant, Cups, Lisa’s Pet Salon, Brookdale ShopRite, and Allwood Cinemas 6.

Clifton Recreation Department