HOBOKEN – After you’re done perusing all the items in Hoboken’s citywide gate sale on Saturday, May 15, you can spend the NEXT day dressing up your baby on Sunday, May 16 for the ninth annual Hoboken Baby Parade!
Hoboken’s babies venture out in their finest attire, toddlers flaunt their cutest costumes, and parents create wondrous inventions balanced atop their carriages and wagons.
The Parade begins at Sinatra Park—located at Fifth Street and the Hudson River—at 1 p.m. It proceeds along the waterfront to Pier A. The Parade is free and registration begins at noon. (In case of spring showers, a rain date is scheduled for Sunday, May 23.)
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to dress up their babies, toddlers and older siblings—and, of course, themselves and their strollers. Trophies are awarded for Best Dressed Child, Most Creative Carriage, and Best Dressed Family (the latter category has been awarded to twins and triplets, families with multiple children, parents and children, cousins, and even playgroups). Last year, trophies were awarded to kids dressed as Captain Sully, Charlie Chaplin, Minnie Mouse and a Rocket Man, as well an aspiring mayoral candidate, a budding shopaholic, a flower garden and Hershey’s Kisses.
“Every year is a spectacle,” said Baby Parade organizer and Museum trustee, Jennifer O’Callaghan. “It’s been fun watching the Parade grow every year—just as the family community in Hoboken continues to expand as well.”
The Parade’s roots extend to the early 20th century. It originated as a way for the public health authorities to identify newly arrived families or families with newborns and to encourage them to take advantage of basic health services. The Parade is a significant fundraiser for the Museum, thanks to the following sponsors:
Double Stroller Trophy Sponsors: Hoboken Pediatrics; Dr. Brescia, Dr. Migliaccio, Dr. Chinn & Dr. Tully; Hoboken Family Alliance; Hoboken University Medical Center, IRMS at Saint Barnabas; David L. Principe, MD; and University Reproductive Associates.
Trophy Sponsors: Adventures in Learning Daycare; Dr. Michael Ahn, Dr. Osbert Fernandez & Dr. J. Neal Gressock; Beyond Basic Learning; Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Learning Center; Bright Horizons at Maxwell Place; Children’s Dentistry of Hoboken at Frank R. DePaola, DDS, & Associates LLC; ENT & Allergy Associates LLP; Hartshorn Portraiture; Hoboken Children’s Academy; Kidville; Dr. George McQuilkin & Dr. Raul Aguilar; Primetime Early Learning Center; Progressive Pediatrics; Sky Club Fitness & Spa; World of Wonder Daycare; The City of Hoboken, and H.O.P.E.S.
Stroller Sponsors: A Whole New World Academy of Hoboken; Arkus Politis Pediatrics, Be Lingual LLC, Big Fun Toys, Camille Cesari’s Loveprint Jewelry, Club H Fitness, Creative Sitters LLC, Devotion Yoga, Dunkin Donuts, Edgewater Pediatric Dentistry, Empower Your Body, 14th Street Garden Center, Gentle Dental Care, Hoboken Catholic Academy, Hoboken Radiology, Hudson Dance and Movement, Johnny Rockets, Just Because Photography, Kaplan Cooperative Preschool, Kiddie Designs, Monroe Street Movement Space, Priority Chiropractic, Romparoo, Small World Pediatrics of Hoboken, Smocks & Giggles LLC, Stella & Dot, Studio Saynuk, Sweet, The Candy Shoppe, The Little Gym, and Trinity Restaurant & Bar.