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More parades? Not so fast, Garfield Mayor Says

Garfield Mayor Tana Raymond
Garfield Mayor Tana Raymond Photo Credit: Jerry DeMarco

GARFIELD, N.J. — This year marked the return of a Memorial Day parade to Garfield, but Mayor Tana Raymond said that doesn't necessarily mean more marches are immediately headed down city streets.

Garfield High School students asked the mayor about possibly adding a Halloween parade. Raymond said it was important to first address the Memorial Day parade.

The city had been without one for about 15 years and needed to honor its veterans. And although everyone considered it a huge success, it was pricey, she said.

"I don't really think a Halloween parade is in the immediate future," she said. "Can we look forward to it down the road? Absolutely?"

Raymond, who became Garfield's first female mayor last year, said it could be difficult to manage, given the mischief that accompanies Halloween.

Garfield also has a holiday parade, which Raymond said isn't always well attended, along with the overwhelmingly popular Pulaski Day Parade in October.

Given that Garfield held Halloween parades decades ago, Raymond isn't ruling anything out.

"The Memorial Day parade was the first thing I really wanted to see come back into being," the mayor said, "and from there we can build."

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