Parade Highlights

The 2019 parade will have newcomers and some of your past favorites joining in the festivities.

Fralinger String Band

Joining us again this year will be the Fralinger String Band of Philadelphia Mummers fame whose 2019 theme is "Paradise" and will be led by Captain Brad Bowen. Fralinger is renowned throughout the world for very unique musical instrumentation and an uplifting performance style. The band has been the most consistent top prize winner over the last 25 years: they won first, second or third prize in 18 of the last 25 New Years’ Day Mummers parades with 18 First Prizes overall.

Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps

The band that the Gothamist called “the ever-entertaining Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps” will once again perform in Montclair's July 4th parade. Since its formation in 1979, this band of brothers and sisters has been making music and art for audiences across the United States and Canada. The recipient of dozens of awards from NYC Heritage of Pride’s coveted Best in March Award to Rochester’s little-known but equally appreciated Ruby Slipper Award, the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Marching Band has been seen by millions in such diverse appearances as a parade to commemorate the bicentennial of George Washington’s Inauguration, a performance in a church basement in Brooklyn, concerts at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and the New York City Veteran’s Day Parade.

Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps

The world class Raiders are a 20-time Drum and Bugle Corps World Championship Finalists whose mission is to provide young adults from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, ages 14-21, with musical, educational and character-building experiences through the vehicle of the performing arts.

Caporales San Simon

This Bolivian dance group was first formed in November of 1978 in the city of Cochabamba. Historically the Caporales were foremen of the black slaves of the Bolivian hot zones of the Yungas in La Paz, Bolivia. The group made its first appearance in the Carnival of Oruro.

Caporales dance is based on the rhythms of the saya, a form of Bolivian processional dance, but has been transformed with the addition of different kinds of foreign musical elements. The dancers wear clothing decorated with lots of color and sequins, reminiscent of the conquistadors.

Saint Columcille United Gaelic

The St. Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band of Kearny, New Jersey became the Grade 3B Champions at the 73rd Annual All Ireland Pipe Band Championships in New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland in July of 2018. By winning, the band became the first from outside Ireland or the United Kingdom to be crowned Irish Pipe Band Champions.

The band draws its name from an Irish prince, warrior and scholar who became a priest to bring early Christianity to the Western Isles of Ireland and Scotland. From the Isle of Iona, Columcille (521-597) helped spread faith, knowledge and culture throughout Europe. It's an ideal that drove the band's founder, Sean McGonigal, to form a band dedicated to “unity of the Gael.” Sean expressed his goal in the band’s motto, “Ar aghaidh le ceol na n'Gael," “Onward with the music of the Gael.”

The band continues to live by this motto today. The bands sponsored by Saint Columcille United Gaelic have competed at numerous Irish Feis and Scottish Games since the 1950s, culminating in numerous national and international championship honors.

Weequahic High School Marching Band

The award-winning marching band returns to the parade this year. The band won first place in the High School Parade Band, Class A in 2017. The award recognizes the best high school marching bands in the nation. The Weequahic High School Marching Band has received national honors in the past, winning first, second and third place honors in the same national competition over the last several years.

Watch for your local favorites in the 2019 line-up, such as the Montclair Community Band, Scouts, Applegate Farm, Uncle Sam on Stilts, giant bubbles, Isabella and her hula hoops, community groups and organizations with floats and marchers, fire engines, antique cars, and much, much more in store, including everyone's favorite -- Elvis.

Caporales San Simon dancer

members of the pipe band marching in the parade