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Photos from the 2017 West Cape May Christmas Parade

Here is just a sampling of the floats and bands that marched in the West Cape May Christmas parade this year. The parade included everything from the U. S. Coast Guard band to local hero and baseball star Matt Czszur of the San Diego Padres. Dozens of fire fighting units were peppered in with floats and string bands. There were dancers who stopped to perform and even dogs and horses in what may have been the longest and most memorable event in the parade’s 52 year history. It ended with Santa crossing Ocean Street high atop his fire engine being preceded by the LCMR marching band. And the weather?It was just cold enough to be wintry but not as uncomfortable as it often has been in the past..


Independence Day Weekend

This past weekend was the annual fireworks show and Kiwanis pancake breakfast on Saturday July 4 and the Independence Day Parade on Sunday July 5, on Beach Avenue.

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The 4th of July parade features the Coast Guard,floats, marching bands, Boy Scouts, Miss Cape May County Outstanding Teen, bicycle riders and the Cape May Fire Department.

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The Kiwanis Club of Cape May hosted their annual pancake breakfast.

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The firework display started after dusk and it was a marvelous show. The fireworks shoot off a barge in the ocean. The show lasted for 10 minutes. People watched from on the beach, boardwalk and high balconies.

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Fantastic Faces at the Baby Parade

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Pretty Baby (under 2 years of age)
1st place: Giada Clerico
2nd place: Olivia Durante
3rd place: Leah McGarigle
4th place: Noah Brockman
5th place: Kayleigh Gloviak
6th place: Declan Carigun
7th place: Evan Lee
8th place: Brayden LaSerre
9th place: William Gray
10th place: Brett Luchko

Decorated Baby Carriages
1st place: Roxanne Riehs
2nd place: Brielle Bukowski
3rd place: Charlie Fastoso
4th place: Perry Luchko

Children Walking in Fancy Dress
1st place: Violet Schleigh
2nd place: Rylee Anne Church
3rd place: Freeleigh Van Blunk
4th place: Alani Laielli
5th place: Brynn Brophy
6th place: Alexis Brender

Children Walking in Comic Dress
1st place: Victoria Dzuba
2nd place: Riley Dougherty
3rd place: Morgan Barry
4th place: Olivia Griffin

Decorated on Wheels
1st place: Haiden-Lee Maurer
2nd place: Krefski & Saquella Families
3rd place: Kaylee Vanaman
4th place: Maci & Destiny Bukowski
5th place: Jesse Hurd
6th place: Cala Cwik

Cory Scott Wolf Memorial Award for Best Float: Kevin Kohlmann

Carlyle Dennis Memorial Award for Best Overall Entry: Karter Hosford

Winners of the Cape May Baby Parade were selected by a panel of community judges.


81st Cape May Baby Parade

2013-baby-parade-2The newly crowned Queen Maysea – Alexandra Marie Bruno – led the 81st Annual Cape May Baby Parade Friday morning down Beach Avenue to Convention Hall where Mayor Edward Mahaney, Jr. announced the coveted Baby Parade trophies.

The winner of the Carlyle Dennis Memorial Award for Best Overall Entry was the float Surfer Girl – Skylar Matthews. The winner of the Cory Scott Wolf Memorial Award for Best Float Overall was Under the Cape May Sea: Ashleigh & Julianna Krefski; Kaitlyn Krefski; Joseph Saquella; Genovieve Saquella; Dave and Woerner Gang.


Parading in the Fourth

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Cape May is one of the most wonderful places to be on the Fourth of July. All throughout the town there are multiple events to attend during the week of the 4th.

On July 3, Lower Township hosts a Festival & Fireworks. Beginning at 5 p.m. there are rides, food, entertainment and fun for all. Fireworks begin at 9 pm. Located on the Bayfront in North Cape May, between Lincoln and Emerson Ave. Rain date July 5.

On both July 3 and 4, from 7-9 p.m., take an excursion on the Cape May Whale Watcher to see fireworks on the Delaware Bay (July 3) and on the Oceanside in front of Congress Hall (July 4). The trip includes free pizza and hot dogs, a little dolphin watching, the sunset and of course the incredible fireworks display. Visit www.capemayresort.com for tickets and more information.

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On July 4, find yourself at Congress Hall for carnival games, face painting, balloon twisting, family lawn games and more, 4-9 p.m. rain or shine. On the veranda there will be the Congress Hall Festival Choir’s Patriotic sing-a-long with live music. At 5 pm, there is a picnic on the lawn featuring all American barbeque favorites and apple pie for dessert. Tickets are $12; bring your own chairs and blankets. Congress Hall also has a seated event – The Lobster Bake. Tickets are $85 for adults and $35 for children. The buffet begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes Maine lobster, clams, sirloin steaks and more. Reserve a table for the veranda or keep cool in the ballroom. Cash bar available. Call 609-884-8421 for tickets and more information. These events are sponsored by The City of Cape May, The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May and Northstar Marine Inc.

At the Rusty Nail, entertainment includes Gregg Carpenter at 4:30 p.m. and Red Mare on at 9:30 p.m.. Gregg Carpenter makes everyone feel right at home covering all of your favorite tunes. He’s known to have a soft spot for songs that make you want to sing-along-with selections ranging from the Beatles to Steely Dan to James Taylor. The band Red Mare has grown out of a collaboration of seasoned musicians with many ties to the Cape May area. Rose Kelly, Ed Dobbs, Chuck Manich, and Andy Vernon have earned their chops in the Cape May-Philadelphia music scene.

At 7:30 p.m. in Rotary Park (Lyle Lane between Decatur and Jackson Streets) listen to the Congress Street Brass Band. Bring your own beach chair or relax on one of the comfortable park benches. Enjoy and participate in the lively music and dancing.

Cape May’s fireworks display begins at dusk, approximately 8:45 p.m. The fireworks are shot off a barge in the ocean and are visible from the promenade.

Wildwood also has Fireworks on the Beach event, located at Pine Ave. The event is free and visible from almost anywhere in the Wildwoods. Visit www.wildwoodsnj.com for more information.

On Saturday July 6 at 1 p.m., Cape May hosts its 34th Independence Parade on Beach Avenue near Convention Hall. The Fourth of July parade features a multitude of floats with marching bands, bicycle brigades, scout troops and more for all ages to enjoy.

On Saturday July 6 and Sunday July 7, there are afternoon concerts, patriotic programs and family activities and more at the Historic Cold Spring Village. Visit www.hcsv.org for more information. end