MHS Thanksgiving Eve bonfire called off but parade was held as planned

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MANASQUAN  — The Manasquan High School Thanksgiving Eve parade was held Wednesday night but the traditional bonfire was called off.  

The annual events, which serve as a pep rally for the high schools’ Thanksgiving Day varsity football game, are organized by the Manasquan High School Booster Club. They were not held in 2020, due to the pandemic.

On Thursday, the Manasquan Warriors will take on the Shore Regional Blue Devils on the Vic Kubu Warrior Field at Manasquan High School at 11 a.m.

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“Manasquan is a magical place. Just like in prior years, my expectations for the parade are over the top. I expect to see streets lined with smiling faces and spirited community members,” said Superintendent of Manasquan Schools Frank Kasyan before Wednesday night’s activities.

The freshman, sophomore, junior and senior class each had their own float,  collaborating to create them in hopes of winning a contest for best float. 

Booster Club President Bill Thermann predicted, “I know the crowd will be there. It’s a return to the tradition — it’s small-town America; it’s nice.” 

Mayor Edward Donovan said, “We’re going to be able to have a great parade and a great game on Thursday. It’s perfect — we have a lot of fun.”  

The high school football team, the band, cheerleaders and each of the grade-level classes participates in the parade, as does the Manasquan Pop Warner program, the high school tennis team and the Manasquan Hook and Ladder #1. 

 “Traditions make a community, and I think it’s great that the parade is returning this year,” Councilman Jay Bryant said beforehand.

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