MOORESTOWN, NJ – It was a cloudy day, but there wouldn’t be much that could dampen the spirit of the Moorestown community.
After a year-long hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual Moorestown Lions Club parade returned on Saturday.
The 61st annual parade was held in front of more than 5,000 spectators, who lined Main Street in Moorestown to witness the resumption of the holiday tradition, according to parade organizers.
The theme of the parade was “Snow Much Fun”. Girl Scouts, Brownies and Cubs all competed for prizes in the floats and marching groups categories with rewards based on membership in the theme.
Cub Scout Pack 61 won the tank category, while Girl Scout Troop 27406 and Girl Scout Troop 25288/2614 took second and third place respectively.
The winner of the walking group category was Girl Scout Troop 26173, with Girl Scouts 21282 and27451 taking second and third places.
Attendees included the MacGregor Pipers, Moorestown Mayor and Council, Citizens of the Year Pete and Julie Bender, Lions Club President John Burkhardt and Ms. New Jersey Senior America 2021 Dorothy Johnson.
The parade also featured the Aqua and Woodland String Orchestras, the Burlington County Special Services Orchestra and the Moorestown High School Orchestra, Cheerleaders and Dance Team.
Santa Claus was the guest of honor, arriving with an escort of firefighters and emergency vehicles from the township’s two fire companies.
The parade was funded by local businesses including Republic Bank, Happy Hippo Toy Store, Lewis Funeral Home, E & B Coins, Moorestown Business Association, Rotary Lunch Group, Liberty Bell Bank, Bishop and Bishop CPA, Carl’s Shoes, Passierello’s, Carollo’s Little Italy, Moorestown Eye Physicians, Bayada Nurses, Hartman Law Offices, Moorestown Hardware Store, Merriken Financial Group, Posternock and Appell Attorneys, Morrone, Kaye and Yucha DDS, Intown Auto Care / Concierge Cars, Taitco., Gypsy Soul, David Ramsay Cabinetmaker, Jim Wilson, The Pie Lady, Ralph’s Market, Dennis Talty Esq., Luna y Sol Restaurant, Neil’s Barber Shop, Roffler’s Barber Shop, Mauritzio’s and The Moorestown Theater Company.
Images from the parade, taken by Rudy C. Jones and Kira E. Jones and provided by the Lions Club, are available below.