Hundreds of costumed children and adults enjoyed the 4th annual Connolly Branch Library Halloween party and parade on Oct. 31. This year, 27 local merchants and organizations of Hyde/Jackson Squares showed their community spirit by welcoming families along the parade route with treats. Thanks to Volunteers of America; Peter J. Hanley, DMD; Guardian Health Care; El Oriental de Cuba; Jamaica Plain Laundry Center; Brendan Behan Pub; Slice o’ Pie; Fat Ram’s Pumpkin Tattoo; La Casa de Los Regalos; Psychic Studio of J.P.; Centre Tailor; Vasallo’s Fashion; Del Valle’s Children Shop; Mr. V. Auto; RV Latinoamericana de Servicios; Tacos El Charro; Captain Nemo’s Restaurant; El Patio Market; Revolution Bicycle Repair Shop; Hyde Square Task Force; Centre Street Dental Care; Atlantic Travel Agency; Miami Restaurant; Video Underground; Food Wall Restaurant; Beauty Master Salon; and Ultra Beauty Salon.
We are extremely grateful to the following businesses and organizations for providing food and goody bags: Sorella’s, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, When Pigs Fly, Quisqueya Bakery, Goya Foods, J.P. Auto, WIC, Boston Red Sox, Mass. Dental Society, New England Aquarium, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), WGBH Boston, Injury Prevention Program/Children’s Hospital and the Ortiz Family (pumpkins).
An event like this would not be possible without the help of our outstanding volunteers: Amy Snell, Lisa Ganak, Adam Frawley, Maria Nuñez, Jessie Ullman, Samantha Huo, Sara Maldonado, Emma Lercher, Nereida Martinez, Janine Casapulla, Marietta Dussourd, David J. Weinstein and Jason Cohen and the Heartbeat Collective (drummers). Thanks to our elected officials who participated and joined the parade: Councilor Matt O’Malley, Councilor Felix Arroyo and state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez and family. And for keeping a watchful eye over the event and the parade, we thank Jullieanne Doherty, JP Coordinator/Mayor’s Office; Sergeant Eric Krause and officers from District E-13/Boston Police Department; and DCR Ranger Marshall Johnson.
We hope this yearly event continues to strengthen these partnerships, which help to make Hyde Square such a diverse, vibrant and welcoming community.
Laura Foner, Children’s Librarian, Connolly Branch Library
Sylvia Velez, Friends of the Connolly Branch Library