20 April, 1988
Fire Dept. Bicentennial Is Planned Here in 1988
Borough Councilman Mark Freda is in the process of presenting the two governing bodies of Princeton with the Princeton Fire Department’s plans for celebrating its 200th anniversary next year.
The Department wants to hold a parade on Saturday, May 2,1988, that would engage the support of the entire community. Without such support, says Mr. Freda, the event will be called off.
The Department is planning a parade to begin at Nassau Street and University Place and travel up Nassau to Harrison Street. A left turn on Harrison Street would take the parade past Princeton Hook and Ladder, where the review-ing stands would be placed. The parade would end at the park behind the Princeton Shopping Center.
A number of festivities would be planned for the the end of the parade. These would include food and beverage sales and the selling of ceramic and glass mugs.
Mr. Freda said the department expects numerous fire companies and first aid squads to participate, as well as area marching bands, civic groups, veterans groups, military units, car clubs, and similar types of organizations. Float and bands will be encouraged.
The Department’s first goal is to receive the blessings of Borough Council and Township Committee, said Mr. Freda. In the discussion before Township Committee, Committeewoman Phyllis Marchand suggested that the May 2 date would be too close to the date of Communiversity, the townwide annual event sponsored by the Arts Council. She wondered whether the community coup support two such events within weeks of each other.