Spring heralds the return of a favorite community tradition, the Hoboken Baby Parade, when Hoboken’s babies venture out in their finest attire, toddlers flaunt their cutest costumes, and parents create wondrous mini-floats atop carriages and wagons.
Join us on Sunday, May 15, at 1 p.m. for the 10th 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 22.)
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). Past trophy winners have included “Captain Sully,” “Charlie Chaplin,” “Minnie Mouse” and “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. The Parade is a significant fundraiser for the Museum, thanks to the following sponsors:
Double Stroller Trophy Sponsors: Hoboken Pediatrics; Dr. Brescia, Dr. Migliaccio, Dr. Chinn, Dr. Tully, Dr. Moon & Dr. Farnaz; Hoboken Family Alliance; Hoboken University Medical Center; David L. Principe, MD; and Progressive Pediatrics.
Trophy Sponsors: Adventures in Learning Daycare; Beyond Basic Learning; Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Learning Center; Children’s Dentistry of Hoboken at Frank R. DePaola, DDS, & Associates LLC; Hartshorn Portraiture; Hoboken Farms; Kidville; Dr. George McQuilkin & Dr. Raul Aguilar; World of Wonder Daycare; University Reproductive Associates; The City of Hoboken and H.O.P.E.S.
Stroller Sponsors: A Whole New World Academy of Hoboken; Be Lingual LLC; Big Fun Toys; Bright Horizons at Maxwell Place; Club H Fitness; Creative Sitters LLC; Devotion Yoga; 14th Street Garden Center; Hoboken Catholic Academy; Hoboken Chiropractic + Wellness; Hoboken Radiology; Hudson Dance and Movement; Jess Larson—Doula and Childbirth Preparation; Johnny Rockets; K.C. Kids Consignment Shop; Monroe Street Movement Space; Primetime Early Learning Center; Romparoo; Small World Pediatrics of Hoboken; Stella & Dot; Studio A Images; Studio Saynuk; The Candy Shoppe; The Little Gym; and Urban Arts at Monroe.