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D&R Greenway Land Trust Masquerade Parade 2020!

Join Us for a Happy Halloween for the Community

Masquerade Parade 2020!

Halloween Day, Saturday 10/31 from 1-6 pm

St. Michaels Farm Preserve, Hopewell, NJ



Join Us by Clicking HERE
to purchase your carload ticket!


You will receive an email confirming your reservation. Please bring it with you, it will serve as your ticket to March your Car in the drive-thru Parade.


Upon arrival, please drive to the staging area located in the Hopewell Elementary School parking lot across from 2nd Street.  There will be signs directing you where to go so that you can register with members of our staff, who will greet you and direct you to the entrance of the preserve.



Mutts characters Earl and Mooch
and Trenton Thunder’s Boomer

A suffragette in authentic costume will be on hand to
celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Constitutional Right to Vote


Download your Parade map and program



Add your family car to the Masquerade Parade, driving through beautiful, historic St. Michaels Farm Preserve.  A dozen stationary “floats” await, along with live music by Princeton University Concerts, as well as our very own musician, Bill Flemer- of Riverside Bluegrass Band.

Participants are encouraged to decorate their cars.

Each will receive a nature-themed goodie bag chock-full of surprises, edible and otherwise, including a newly published children’s book.  The bags will be safely assembled, including distance, masks and gloves — natural alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating.

Space is limited – sign up now!

 Pre-Register your Carload of Parade-Goers

 Timed tickets available starting at 12:45 pm – 5:45 pm

$25 per carload


Our theme:

“I Love LAND Because…”

In this unique parade, themed ‘floats’ will be positioned along the bucolic farm road on the 400-acre St. Michaels Farm Preserve.  Floats from these groups will interpret the theme “We Love LAND Because…”

Hopewell Valley Girl Scouts

Friends for the Abbott Marshland

Fyrefly Yoga and Glenmoore Farm

Princeton University Concerts

Hopewell Township Police Department

The Garden Club of Princeton

FUTURO Students, Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Baha’i Virtues Class

Garden State Watercolor Society

SPLASH Steamboat


Join our Tribute to Mother Nature
with our contactless drive-through Halloween Parade
offering a sweet retreat from the worries of the day, features stationary “floats” highlighting Our theme:
“We Love LAND Because…….”


Click HERE to join us as a SPONSOR!


Audubon Folklore of the Wild.
Submitted by Hope Foley, ASRI. hfoley@asri.org.

Masquerade Parade 2020!

1 – 6 pm, Halloween Saturday, October 31

Rain Date: Sunday, November 1

Where ‘Floats’ are Stationary and Decorated Cars Parade through St. Michaels Farm Preserve

D&R Greenway celebrates the tenth anniversary of preserving the former St. Michaels Orphanage site

Click HERE to purchase your carload ticket
and reserve your spot for your car to march in our Parade!


Parade-goers are asked to pre-register in 15-minute timeslots to allow as many cars as possible to “proceed” in the parade at $25 per car, prepaid by credit card using the above link, by October 26, 2020 – or until the 300-car limit is attained. Registrations are first come, first served. Tax deductible donations support D&R Greenway’s legendary land preservation and stewardship mission.

All ages are welcome to enjoy this stress-buster, fun event as  Social distancing will remain the norm, as passengers remain in cars. Vehicles will “line up” in the Hopewell Elementary School parking lot and enter St. Michaels Farm Preserve at the new Princeton Avenue entrance closest to town (Hopewell), circling past themed ‘floats’, and exiting from the original preserve parking lot on Princeton Avenue.  

“Everyone loves a parade,” and our traditional Masquerade Ball is being transformed into Masquerade Parade 2020!  In this unusual parade, themed ‘floats’ will be positioned along the bucolic farm road on St. Michaels Farm Preserve, while decorated cars move past. Passengers are encouraged to create lively signs to the event theme of “I Love LAND Because…”

In parade-goer signs and on banners displayed with each float, originality and humor are particularly encouraged, creating fun for kids of all ages. Download this sign template to enable completion of the theme phrase, “I Love LAND Because…

Decorate your car, decorate the kids, decorate yourself!  Photographers will be on hand for the entire event to capture it all in a downloadable exhibit that will be available here after the parade, so that you can “re-live the parade!”

2020 being the year of new normals, the land trust’s exceptional Masquerade Balls of yesteryear have been re-imagined in light of social distancing. Cars themselves are invited to ‘wear costumes’. Trick-or-Treating will manifest in the form of themed Goody Bags filled with Nature-oriented surprises. Instead of children at the door, families will cruise past ‘floats’ of ever-changing delights.

AND Just Announced…Best-selling author/artist Patrick McDonnell, creator of the MUTTS comic strip, is creating an iconic welcome to surprise parade goers along the parade route!



Floats will both educate and entertain.  Groups presenting parade floats include the Girl Scouts of America, Friends for the Abbott Marshlands, Fyrefly Yoga and Princeton University Concerts. The float representing the town of Hopewell is being created by the Hopewell Police with assistance from the fire company. The Garden Club of Princeton will be stationed at the newly seeded Marchand Meadows, honoring former Princeton Mayor Phyllis Marchand and located in the footprint of the former St. Michaels Orphanage that stood here for a century. Mural artist Marlon Davila is working with high school youth from the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s FUTURO program, renowned for D&R Greenway’s new Delaware River Mural on Bordentown Beach.  The students will present cultural interpretations about the meaning of land. Special “guests” may wander along the parade route to delight and wave to car participants.  Check back often as more floats will be announced.  We look forward to seeing you at this family-friendly Halloween event.

Your participation supports D&R Greenway’s work to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and forever.

Click HERE to join us as a SPONSOR!


Your sponsorship will support D&R Greenway’s work to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and forever.

Sponsorship levels:

  • Grand Marshal ($1,500)   Includes entrance to the parade for four cars, a three-bottle gift box of of D&R Greenway labeled wines (red, white and rose’) from Old York Cellars, gift certificates for three pizzas and a Halloween goodie bag.
  • Cavalcade ($1,000)  Includes entrance to the parade for three cars, two bottles of D&R Greenway labeled wines (St. Michaels Red and Sourlands White) from Old York Cellars, gift certificates for two pizzas and a Halloween goodie bag.
  • Motorcade ($500)  Includes entrance to the parade for two cars, a bottle of St. Michaels Red from Old York Cellars, a gift certificate for one pizza, and a Halloween goodie bag.
  • Marching ($250) Includes entrance to the parade for one car, gift certificate for 1 pizza, and a Halloween goodie bag.
  • Contributor (you choose your contribution)  Cannot attend but wants to contribute.

Please reply by October 17th to be recognized along the Parade route and at drgreenway.org.


Keeping Open Space open is more vital than ever!  

In a year that has us adapting to a new normal, we have become creatures of creativity, and are reimagining our Masquerade Ball to meet the needs of social distancing.  We are calling it “Masquerade Parade 2020!”

Your sponsorship will support D&R Greenway’s work to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and forever.

D&R Greenway is one of the most effective land conservation organizations in New Jersey.  Our land preservation legacy of 21,000 acres of protected land contributes to maintaining a healthy environment.

Everyone loves a parade, and we thank you for riding out 2020 with us!

Our Mission: To Preserve & Care for Land and Inspire a Conservation Ethic, Now and Forever

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