Bayonne announces return of Memorial Day Parade

The annual parade honoring veterans will be held on May 30

The return of the Bayonne Memorial Day Parade will be on Monday, May 30, according to an announcement by the city, in conjunction with the Memorial Day Parade Committee.

The parade was cancelled due to COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021. Virus restrictions made it impossible to plan and organize bands, marching groups, public and private organizations, and anyone else who would have participated, according to the parade committee at the time.

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Due to the aging veteran population and the declining membership in the posts that have made up the Memorial Day Parade Committee, the committee also announced the event was permanently cancelled.

That is, until the city of Bayonne stepped in to take the reins. The organizing, setup, and running of the parade is now handled by a new committee appointed by Mayor James Davis, and its chairman is Recreation Supervisor Pete Amadeo.

The parade, which has been a tradition in Bayonne since 1918, is returning in 2022 with a set time and date for later this year. According to the city, “this tradition can only continue with the participation of all patriotic citizens.”

The parade will assemble at 9 a.m. on East 5th Street between Broadway and Isabella Avenue. The event will commence at 10 a.m.

There will be a brief ceremony at the start of the parade to honor deceased veterans and to place a wreath at the World War I Memorial. The parade will proceed north along Broadway and will then pass a reviewing stand setup in front of American Legion Post 19 and will end on 32nd Street and Broadway.

If organizations or groups are interested in participating in the parade, email bayonnememorialdayparade@baynj.org, with organization or group name, contact person, and contact phone number. The deadline for this is no later than Thursday, March 17.

For more information, contact Pete Amadeo at 201-858-6129 or email the parade committee.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com. 

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