New Addition to the Columbus Day Parade of
North Jersey 2011
After three successful years, the Columbus Day Parade of North Jersey has decided to add a new
element to the day. The parade and festival will take place on Sunday, October 2, stepping off at noon
on Main Street in Hackensack. Immediately following the parade will be the first annual Chit Chat Chili
eating contest will commence.
“I am excited to bring this unique event to Hackensack for the fourth straight year,” said Lauren Formatted: Justified
Zisa Samulka. “We will once again showcase the diversity and the uniqueness of our area.”
As in past years, the parade will feature marching bands, both high school and professional,
from across New Jersey carried their various styles of music through the streets of Hackensack. Student
organizations and recreational teams will the lineup as well as police and fire departments. The parade
mimics the diversity that Bergen County has to offer. Groups brought traditional music and dance from
different areas around the world while local groups reminded us of all the treasures this area has to
The parade is followed by a quaint festival on The Green where vendors sell an assortment of
foods and wares. Vendors range from local restaurants to high school organizations. All proceeds from
the festival support the Hackensack High School Athletic Club.
The fee is $20 to participate in the Chit Chat Chili Eating contest. To register visit the website at
www.columbusdayparadeofnorthjersey.org and download a registration form. Payment can be made by
cash, check or credit card.
Anyone interested in participating, exhibiting or volunteering should visit
www.columbusdayparadeofnorthjersey.org or call 201-646-3902.
What: Columbus Day Parade of North Jersey
When: Sunday, Oct. 29, 2011 at noon
Where: Main Street, Hackensack, N.J.