This Is Rutherford
Rutherford's 90-Year Tradition Continues
By Jennifer Ersalesi
Photo credits: Jennifer Ersalesi
One of Rutherford’s longest-standing traditions, the Annual 4th of July Baby Parade took place on Sunday, July 3rd. A large gathering of Rutherford families gathered in front of Rutherford High School to follow the parade route to Lincoln Park. A group of judges sat on the stage of the bandshell at Lincoln Park and watched closely as each family passed by the stage. The panel of judges included Perri Nunziato (wife of Mayor Nunziato), Dianne Jones (Board of Education), Chief John Russo (Rutherford Police Department), Joaquin Narucki (RHS student), Bernie Wazinski (resident), and a representative from the Parade’s sponsor, Lightbridge Academy.
Councilwomen Stephanie McGowan and Maria Begg-Roberson, Councilman Ray Guzman, and Mayor Frank Nunziato also attended the event. Councilman Guzman told the enthusiastic crowd, “This is the 90th Annual Baby Parade. Wow! We can’t say Rutherford doesn’t love our traditions.” Rutherford’s Recreation Director, Pat Bonner, thanked Maureen Bigley and Janice Guzman for organizing the event, all the registrants for their creativity and participation, and all of those gathered at the park to attend the event.
“Fifty-two years ago one of Rutherford’s very own was a part of this parade...our very own Mayor Frank Nunziato was in this parade,” Councilman Guzman explained.
Councilwoman Begg-Roberson and Councilman Guzman took turns telling jokes while the judges determined the winners.
RHS graduate, Julia Alati, sang the National Anthem.
The ten runners-up awarded with a trophy were
The Grand Prize winner was