Long Branch Columbus Day Parade To Have New Route

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 at Long Branch Middle School.

By Christopher Sheldon

This year's annual Long Branch Columbus Day Parade will feature some changes when it kicks off on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.

The most notable change is the parade's route, which will now begin at the Long Branch Middle School on Bath Avenue. In the past, the parade began in West Long Branch, but it will now be a Long Branch-only parade according to sponsor and organizer Joe Mercadante.

The parade will leave the school and head up Bath Avenue and will make a right onto Broadway. It will then travel east on Broadway before making a right onto Morris Avenue.

The parade will end at the Morris Avenue School, where several food vendors, including Tuzzio's, will be on hand.

The parade will feature bands from Long Branch High School, Shore Regional High School and Monmouth Regional High School. Local boy and girl scout troops, the Long Branch Elks, the Amerigo Vespucci Society, the Long Branch Police and Fire Department and other musical bands.

Long Branch Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Stanley Dziuba will be the parade's grand marshal this year. Mercadante said the Dziuba's work to help the city during Hurricane Sandy made him a perfect candidate.

"I think it was appropriate to make him grand marshal after all he did," Mercadante said.

The parade used to end at Long Branch High School where the district sponsored a Harvest Festival, but that will not be held this year.

Mercadante said he hopes to have an Italian festival similar to the one held in Belmar following next year's parade.
Tom October 09, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Anyone know why WLB pulled out of this?
oceans11 October 10, 2013 at 07:35 AM
There are two different stories going around . 1 people on upper Broadway did not like the fact that main roads got blocked off 2) No one wants to see politicians in a Parade.And it was being used as a pulpit Either way there was a vote in WLB council to not allow or to allow in WLB and I guess it got turned down. ---------------------------------------- Eith
Amanda Kennedy October 10, 2013 at 09:00 AM
That parade as started in WLB for years. I lived right there around the corner from the starting point my whole life (which is 30 years) and my parents always took us and I use to take my kids. I'm not surprised. Thank god I moved out of that town. Between the town government and the school, my kids are better off I think.
oceans11 October 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Well you also have OT that has to be paid to all of WLB Police. It could be that WLB said no to that since they are cutting the Budget to the BONE


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