Morristown Kiwanis Club Builds Float for St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Once again, the Morristown Kiwanis Club continued its long tradition of sponsoring a float in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Morristown, NJ on March 15th. And once again, thanks to Morristown Lumber, a flatbed truck was used to create the float. The project began about 4:30 Friday evening, March 14th, in the big garage at Morristown Lumber where the float was constructed by the following club members: Steve McKinley, Artie Ayres, John Hunt, President Don Malehorn, Steve Deering, Paul Freeland, Wayne Walters, Charlie Bensley, Jim Galbraith, Jr., and Art Klein. Steve and Artie Ayres were the lead builders, and everyone else pitched in to assist. Some of the decorative touches were completed by three Morristown High School Key Club members who also helped: Marina Piccolo, Jacqueline Clemens, and Madyson Cullim. The float was completed by 8:30.
Early Saturday morning, the float was driven over to the parade assembly area behind Town Hall in Morristown, where the finishing touches were completed by Steve McKinley, Artie Ayres, and Don Malehorn. Steve drove the float in the parade and was accompanied by six girls from the Morristown High School Key Club, who walked alongside and handed out hard candy to young children along the parade route. The six Key Club volunteers were: Sarah Chelo, Emily McLaughlin, Kate McGrath, Emma Zawaki, Karen Beltran, and Mirka Molina.
Following the conclusion of the parade, the float was taken back to Morristown Lumber and dismantled by Steve McKinley, Artie Ayres, Steve Deering, and Don Malehorn. A fun time was had by all, and the Morristown Kiwanis Club is proud to have provided the float for this year’s parade.