Parade Celebrates Final Night of Hanukkah
The county's first Hanukkah parade saw cars, people and menorahs galore.
Part of the Hanukkah tradition is to share the light of a menorah, usually by placing it in a window for passersby to see. This year, members of the Lubavitch Center of Essex County, Living Legacy and the Friendship Circle, and the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown joined forces to share the light with whole communities of people by organizing the county's inaugural Hanukkah parade.
Led by a red "Menorah Truck," vehicles with large menorahs on their roofs set out from Livingston to wind through a number of Essex County towns, including Millburn-Short Hills. They ended the parade in West Orange.
The hope of the parade organizers, said Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz earlier this week, is "to inspire people, to bring joy into people's lives." Kasowitz described the parade as a symbol of "freedom, joy, and unity" for Essex County.