Tuesday is going to be a big night for Belleville.
Just a Party returns to the Walgreens shopping plaza for the ninth time, giving local families a chance to enjoy, ride, games, food and music.
In past years, the community event has attracted crowds numbering in the thousands and with this year’s increased attractions, just as many if not more are likely to show.
Oldies cover acts the Cameos, Park Avenue, Beauty and the Grease will transport attendees back to the ‘50s and 60s with famous doo-wop and retro tunes including songs by Belleville’s own Frankie Valli. Rounding out the musical program are Gerard and Diana Barros and Ray Cetrell, who will offer a mix of classic and contemporary melodies.
Local restaurants and food vendors will offer a variety of food items such as zeppoles, sausage and peppers, pizza, steak sandwiches and more, as well as limited alcoholic beverages.
While adults enjoy music and food, children can play games and enjoy face-painting, ice cream, cotton candy and other attractions while keeping an eye out for appearances by pop culture icons like Batman and Ronald McDonald.
The Big Party was conceived by Councilwoman Marie Burke, who soon gained the support of Mayor Raymond Kimble, the rest of the council along with state Assemblyman Ralph Caputo.
Speaking with Patch, Burke said that while the event is organizing the event, tax-payers aren’t footing the bill. Burke said local sponsors have made generous donations to put Just a Party on.
She added she was especially hoping to have Belleville children enjoy this year’s event.
“I want to aim it at kids,” she said.