15th Galloway Fourth of July parade to honor women who served

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The Smithville Town Crier, shown in 1912, will lead the parade march again this year. (Steve Prisament) The Smithville Town Crier, shown in 1912, will lead the parade march again this year. (Steve Prisament)

GALLOWAY – There are scheduled to be more than 170 units in the Fourth of July parade that kicks off 9 a. m. Thursday from the Smithville Town Center.

Rolling Thunder motorcycle riders will actually leave the staging area at 8:55 a.m.

According to members of the Fourth of July parade committee, it is the largest parade of its kind based on number of units.

The 15th annual parade will follow its usual route east on Smithville Boulevard to Moss Mill Road and then west on Moss Mill to Historic Smithville.

The passing parade with a record number of units may take close to two hours to pass any given point.

Up to 10,000 people are expected to line the parade route, with many following the fire apparatus closing the parade to an Independence Day ceremony in Smithville’s Village Greene.

“We have a lot of new entries this year,” parade chairman Rich Maxwell said Friday, June 29. “There will be more musical floats.”

This year’s theme will be honoring women who’ve served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

“We’ll be honoring the women who served, but keep in mind the police and all men and women who serve every day,” Maxwell said. “We have the sequester and the Cape May Coast Guard couldn’t come up. It’s not their fault. We still honor them.”

He said he was hoping for good weather and a great parade.

“It makes me so excited to see kids 5 and 6 years old waving flags,” Maxwell said. “They don’t know yet how their ancestors fought to save this country. ”

He said he was happy with the parade’s growth over the years.

“It means the more people see it, the more they like it – and they come out,” Maxwell said.

There will be no registration the day of the parade; the lineup is set. Staging will begin at 7:45 a.m. in the Smithville Town Center parking lot on Smithville Boulevard at Route 9.

The parade route will be blocked off to local traffic at 8:30 a.m.

The parade lineup follows:

1. Smithville Town Crier

2. Absecon VFW Post 9462 Color/Honor Guard

3. Galloway Township Police Honor Guard – marching unit of six people

4. Police Chief Patrick Moran represents Galloway Township Police Department

5. Cape-Atlantic Detachment Marine Corps League Color Guard

7. Cape-Atlantic Marine Corps League GMC Pulling Toys 4 Tots trailer

8. Cape-Atlantic Marine Corps League 1948 Buick USMC staff car

9. Absecon Charles A. Hammell American Legion Post 28 Color Guard, marching unit and 1956 Chevy driven by Lorenzo Borden with veterans

10. Absecon Charles A. Hammell American Legion Post 28 with three cars with veterans

11. American Legion Post 430 of Galloway Color Guard and Marching Unit

12. American Legion Post 158 Egg Harbor City, 1997 Lincoln Town Car and Color Guard

13. Grand Marshall Marco Polo Smigliani, Marine Corps Vietnam veteran corporal, car driven by Tony Coppola

14. Coppola-Bushar families trolley

15. Atlantic City Fire Department Sandpipers Pipes and Drums

16-22. Four Seasons Veterans Club – 50 marchers with banners and flags and six cars with World War II veterans

23. Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles (2003 Mercedes)

24. Miss New Jersey 2013 Cara McCollum – Driver Richard J. Maxwell, 2001 Mustang Convertible

25. U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo; Atlantic County assemblymen and freeholders and 9th Distract state legislators

26. Galloway Township Mayor Don Purdy

27. Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola and remainder of Township Council

28. WOND Radio personality Don Williams, driven by Hugh Harkins in a 1970 Cadillac Convertible

29. Smithville Barber Shoppe’s 1956 Dodge and the famous barber pole

30. Rolling Thunder with banner truck, 2002 Dodge and motorcycles

31. Rolling Thunder motorcycles

32. Number 1 Chef of 2012, Smithville Inn’s Chris Bellino – Car and driver supplied by Admiral Nissan

33. New Jersey National Sr. Teenager 2013 Gianna Mazzone – driver Brian L Astle, 1989 Mazda

34. Smokey Bear, New Jersey Forest Fire Service – Driver John Sanford

35. Galloway Pack 634 Cub Scouts – 30 to 40 marchers

36. Youth decorated bicycles

37. 23rd Masonic District – 1985 CJ 7 Jeep

38. Port Republic Mayor Gary Giberson, 1931 Ford Roadster

39. Mike and Carol Stettler, 1957 Chevy four-door BelAir

40. Charlie Molnar – 1928 Erskin two-door sedan

41. WAYV 95.1 Equity Communications Music Van

42. Ms. New Jersey Senior America 2013 Vanessa Shaw – driver Mark Butterhof, 1967 Dodge convertible

43. Ted Przychoda, 1946 Ford Pickup

44. John and Janet Jensen, 1937 Ford Humpback

45. Luis Correa patriotic float with music

46. Arthur C. Schoenrock, 1931 Ford Model “A” Deluxe Roadster

47. John and Gay Channell, 1930 Model A Ford Coupe

48. Blair Badger, Dodge 1968 Charger

49. Riddlesbrood Theatre Company – puppet float

50. Ted McKelerey Jr., 1930 Model A four-door

51. Ted McKelerey Sr. 1930 Model A coupe

52. Harry DeVerter, 1938 Cadillac

53. Girl Scouts of Greater Galloway – 30-person marching unit

54. James Quinan, 1931 Model A Ford pickup

55. Galloway Township Republican League – 20-plus marchers with banner and 2009

56-57. Absegami High School cheerleaders – 50-plus cheerleaders

58. Absegami Crew Parents Association 2007 Chevy with 60-foot trailer

59. Absegami High School Gay-Straight Alliance – 15 marchers with patriotic signs

60-63. Absegami High School Marching Band – 60-plus marching

64. New Jersey Miss ANTSO Naomi Bowden, car and driver supplied by Admiral Nissan

65. Cub Scout Pack 76 – marching unit of 20 persons

66. Reformation Lutheran Church – 1967 Chevelle with Jeff Pattison

67. New Jersey Jr. National Teenager Madison Kennelly – driver Al Kleiner, 1965 Mustang

68-78. Mainland Baptist Church Army trucks with vets, bus, floats, marchers

79. New Jersey Hope & Healing Association – 20-person marching unit

80. Schaier Tree Service, 2006 Ford with float

81. WZXL 100.7 Equity communications van with music

82. William Horner, 1982 Jeep Scrambler

83. James Laughlin, 1930 Roadster Street Rod

84. High Bike Riders – custom show bikes

85. Ed and Mary Lou Baltera, 1932 Ford Roadster

86. Cub Scout Pack 12 – 30 marchers

87. Highland Community Church Women in the Military float with music

88. Knights of Columbus Council 6342 – Marchers and 2003 Ford truck, marchers with banner and flag

89. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Parish

90. Honey and Sweets Port Republic Farm Market – Jim Van Daley and Jersey Farmers supporting our troops, float with music

91. Miss Cape Shores Cierra Kaler-Jones, car and driver supplied by Admiral Nissan

92. Reeds Road Elementary School – 2007 VX Beetle

93. Galloway Township Democratic Club – Vietnam vet theme, float with music

94. Miss Teen Galloway Gabrielle Hughes – Driver Earl Budd, 1974 Pontiac convertible

95. Galloway Township Elks Lodge 2845 – 10 marchers with banner and flag

96. Perfect Journey – 2010 Honda with children and parents walking

97. Neptune Guard Drum and Bugle Corps – marching unit with music

98. Miss New Jersey Preteen Stars & Stripes – Alexandra Hughes, driver Susan Kue, 2006 PT Cruiser

99. Henry Butterhof, 1928 Ford Model A

100. Dave and Gaetana Magill, 1929 Model A

101. WZBZ Famous KISS FM 99. 3 – Equity Communications music van

102. Charles G. Lowry, 1956 Chevy 1956 BelAir

103. Smitty’s Super Foodtown – GMC truck with float

104. Emmaus United Methodist Church Boy Scout Troop 77 – float with music

105. Keith and Denise Levitt, Mustang GT 2010

106. Liberty and Prosperity – marching unit, 2001 Saturn with float and 20 marchers, drummers

107. Al Syvertsen, 1966 Chevrolet BelAir

108. Dynamo Gymnastics – 30 marchers

109. Troop 21 of Port Republic

110. Whitey Swartz Fire Museum of Southern New Jersey – Atlantic City’s first fire engine: an 1854 Pole & Hunt, hand drawn

111. Richard Clute, 1947 Jeep

112. 1964 Dodge antique police car, owner Charles Cain Jr.

113. Miss New Jersey Pre Teen Julia Keating

114. Joe Loveland, 1932 Ford Roadster

115. Joe Loveland, 1929 Ford Model A pickup

116. Patriotic Float, Knutson Publication

117. WTTH 96.1, Equity Communications

118. Jim Thompson, 1932 Ford sedan delivery

119. Glenn Blackman, 1957 Ford Skyliner

120. Fischer-Kallert Family,1966 Ford Thunderbird

121. GTAA All Star Baseball Team – players and coaches, 80-person marching unit

122. Greg MacNatt 1991 Harsko w/ music

123. Jim Carney, 1986 Chevy pickup with float

124. Boy Scout Troop 97 – 10-person marching unit

123-138. Cruising Corvettes Corvette Club – 15 Corvettes

139. Pete Hecht, 1936 Chevy coupe

140-147. Galloway Township Ambulance Squad

148-171. Galloway Township Fire Department

Fourth of July committee members are Chairman Rich Maxwell, Vice Chairman Mike DiLullo, Jacqueline Maxwell, Linda Hart, Rich Hart, Bob Adamo, John Rodney, Nancy Rodney, Beth Stasuk, Ike Rucker, John Mooney, Jennifer Diluzio, Candy Brenner, Ron Neeld, Jan Jorgensen, Kathy Hewson, Mike Brandenberger, Donna Brandenberger, Jennifer Hahn, Robert Beyer, Debbie O’Hagan, Mike O’Hagan and Mo Loveland.



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