The city of Asbury Park is preparing for its 83rd Annual Easter Parade and Pageant, which will take place on Sun., April 1 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Paramount Theater, 1200 Ocean Ave.
The community event, which welcomed 250 guests last year, is open to the public.
The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. in front of Robinson’s Ale House with a historic boardwalk procession.
During the parade, judges will choose their favorites in six categories, including Best-Dressed Men, Women, Boys, Girls and Families, as well as Unusual Bonnets, to move on to the pageant.
Those that participate in the pageant have the chance to place First, Second or Third in their categories and win prizes.
The Pageant judges include Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn, City Council members Jesse Kendle, Yvonne Clayton, and Eileen Chapman, and retired Asbury Park Board of Education employee Jessie Ricks.
“The Annual Asbury Park Easter Parade and Pageant is the city’s longest running event.,” said City Councilman Jesse Kendle, “The community comes out in their most colorful outfits, springtime dresses and flowered bonnets to celebrate Easter. There’s no better way to say goodbye to winter and welcome spring.”
Mobile Music is providing Easter music for the pageant, décor will be provided by the Rose of Sharon, and the winners will take home beautiful trophies created by CSC Trophies-Awards & Gifts. Asbury Park Police Officer Craig Breiner will take center stage as the Easter Bunny.
For additional information please call event organizers Cassandra Dickerson at 732-502-5759 or Leesha Floyd at 732-502-5755.