Photos by Art Schwartz.
A slew of festivities took place at Braddock Park and beyond throughout an action-packed October in North Bergen.
The fun kicked off on Oct. 4 with a monthly flea market at the northern side of Braddock Park, where dozens of vendors brought their finest wares, which included Halloween wardrobes.
That same morning, the Hudson County Improvement Authority brought a shredder truck, which allowed residents to securely destroy confidential documents in bulk.
Also that day was the ribbon cutting of this year’s fifth annual Hudson County Fair, with carnival rides, games, plenty to eat and drink, and live music performances from the Past Masters.
The fair and its attractions, which lit up the night sky, drew in massive crowds of all ages. The fair concluded after a second weekend, on the night of Columbus Day.
On Oct. 5, thousands of participants with cultural and ancestral roots in Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and dozens of countries in South and Central America marched alongside floats for the Hispanic Parade of New Jersey, which saw its 44th annual celebration this year.
Scores of elected officials joined a huge lineup of dignitaries and members of cultural organizations from throughout the state to support the display of pride and heritage.
Amid the fanfare at the park, township officials hosted a high school reunion at Bruins Stadium, where North Bergen alumni from many classes reconnected on a grand scale.
On the outskirts of the park, officials sponsored the fourth annual classic car and bike show on Oct. 13.
Owners of hot rods, muscle cars, and supercars converged on the eastern end of Bergenline Avenue to exhibit their vehicles and raise funds for Special Olympics New Jersey.
On Oct. 31, the township-sponsored Halloween Parade will roll through, rain or shine. All North Bergen residents are invited to take part in the creepy, crawly evnt.
Participants can join the parade at the North Bergen Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave., at 6 p.m.