RSS Feed

Tag Archives: parades

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Video

This is a video of scenes from the annual St. Patrick’s Parade held in Seaside Heights yesterday (March 12, 2011). The video starts with pre-parade activities at Station 44 and then video shot from inside Ladder 4401 along the parade route. The final 15 minutes of the video shows parade highlights shot from Hancock Avenue and the Boulevard. Give your mouse a left click over the photo to get the video rolling.   

40 & 8 Parade

The annual 40 & 8 convention in Seaside Heights included a promenade of parade trains along the Boulevard. This event was a favorite of children who lined the Boulevard waiting for members of the many 40 & 8 groups to throw candy from their trains and box cars. Formally known as “La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux,” the title “40 & 8” comes from the box cars that were used during the First World War to transport troops to the front in France. Each car had the emblem 40/8 stenciled on the sides, which meant that it could carry 40 men or 8 horses. These cars were known as forty-and-eights. They were seen by the troops as a miserable way to travel, and this organization of United States armed forces was thus called the 40&8 in an attempt to make some light of the common misery they had all shared. These views are from the early 1970s.