9th Annual Hoboken Baby Parade

5/13/2010:

Hoboken Baby Parade Returns to Waterfront, May 16

The largest Hoboken family-oriented event celebrates a century-old tradition

“Spring heralds the return of a favorite community tradition, the Hoboken Baby Parade, where Hoboken’s babies venture out in their finest attire, toddlers flaunt their cutest costumes, and parents create wondrous inventions balanced atop their carriages and wagons.

Join us on Sunday, May 16, at 1pm for the Ninth Annual Hoboken Baby Parade and help us to celebrate the spirit and creativity of the Mile Square City’s families. The Parade begins at Sinatra Park—located at Fifth Street and the Hudson River—and proceeds along the waterfront to Pier A. The Parade is free and registration begins at noon. (In case of spring showers, a rain date is scheduled for Sunday, May 23.)

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to dress up their babies, toddlers and older siblings—and, of course, themselves and their strollers. Trophies are awarded for Best Dressed Child, Most Creative Carriage, and Best Dressed Family (the latter category has been awarded to twins and triplets, families with multiple children, parents and children, cousins, and even playgroups). Last year, trophies were awarded to kids dressed as Captain Sully, Charlie Chaplin, Minnie Mouse and a Rocket Man, as well an aspiring mayoral candidate, a budding shopaholic, a flower garden and Hershey’s Kisses.

“Every year is a spectacle,” says Baby Parade organizer and Museum trustee, Jennifer O’Callaghan. “It’s been fun watching the Parade grow every year—just as the family community in Hoboken continues to expand as well.”

The Parade’s roots extend to the early 20th century. It originated as a way for the public health authorities to identify newly arrived families or families with newborns and to encourage them to take advantage of basic health services.”

Related: Previous Year’s Hoboken Baby Parades

This year marks the FIFTH annual announcement on Hoboken411 for the Hoboken Baby Parade!
See what happened in past years below:

Enjoy!

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4 Comments on "9th Annual Hoboken Baby Parade"

ShhhDontTell
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Hope we’ll have some winners that live in Hoboken. 🙄

la-di-da
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la-di-da

I find the origins of this event clever: as a way for public health officials 100 years ago to identify families with children and instruct them about health services. My guess is that they were actually doing a very invaluable thing. The conditions in NYC were filthy (dead horses and mules all over the streets; leaking cesspools and WCs; rotten meat in yards). Can you imagine all the stinking diapers at these early parades? I bet nobody was complaining about a little dog poo back then!

Hoboca420
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Hoboca420

Anyone have any ideas what bars will be going off for the parade?

hobokenite0
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hobokenite0

groan

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