West Cape May Christmas Parade 2015

West Cape May, NJ -  Of course, the firetrucks led the way. Aside from the unusually balmy weather,  the West Cape May Christmas Parade stayed true to script, rolling down Broadway last night just as it has for 50 years.

The parade always takes place on the first Saturday of December and the weather’s usually bitter cold.  This year’s milder temperatures seemed to bring out a lot more parade goers. They jammed sidewalks and porches, waiting for their favorite floats and bands.

The Coast Guard, a huge part of the Cape May community, turned out in force with its color guard and marching unit, not to mention the holiday festooned official Coast Guard boat.

During this year’s parade, animals made several guest appearances.

Congress Hall trotted out the Blue Pig on its Winter Wonderland train.

The Cape May County Animal Shelter made its pitch with a real live dog, nestled in the midst of some stuffed animals.

And the 2015 West Cape May Community Christmas Parade Queen, Kaitlynn Flynn, got what every eight year old wannabe princess dreams of: her own pumpkin carriage for the night.

Her ride came complete with a horse and horseman.

For one night, thanks to the parade, Broadway was transformed, just like the pumpkin carriage in the fairy tale.

The Joanne Reagan Dancers turned it into their version of Times Square.

The street became a stage and, for a few minutes, you forgot that you were standing in front of West Side Market, where you come for your cold cuts.

Last night, the street disappeared and the dancers and floats and musicians took over.

At 50 years old, it’s fair to say the West Cape May Community Christmas Parade is still going strong.

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Jane Kashlak - a journalist, gardener and Cape Island resident - is writing a book.