Hawthorne, NJ, restored their Christmas Parade this year since it had to be canceled in 2020. However, in addition to bringing the parade back, they also resumed the night time format again. In the past, the parade began Friday night and ended with the borough Christmas tree lighting. We would typically then have a unit Christmas party after that. Then, the format was switched where the tree lighting was done on Friday night and the parade was held on Saturday morning. Unique and atmospheric, the night time parade came back and the 35th Royal Sussex Regiment made its debut parade with the largest turn-out of 1830s Victorians so far. The ladies--Sharon and Athena--carried our new Society banner, followed by the captain, our Ensign Shane, and four soldiers with fixed bayonets. We remained for the tree lighting to celebrate with the town, then regrouped to go to a nearby diner to eat and end the day's festivities.
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