WILDWOOD — New Jersey Avenue was lined with marching bands, mascots and plenty of firetrucks Saturday for the 2017 state firefighter convention parade.

The parade is just one part of the convention, which lasts all weekend. Other events included Thursday’s Burn Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament, an apparatus-and-equipment display and the two-part New Jersey State Firemen’s Association Convention.

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But Saturday afternoon, families came out to get an up-close look at some of the vehicles that help save lives.

High schools including Mainland Regional provided marching bands, Smokey Bear and mascots made cameo appearances and a fleet of firefighters on motorcycles traveled up New Jersey Avenue north to 20th Street.

The parade stretched for many blocks and was broken up to keep perpendicular traffic moving through the parade.

The 2-mile parade route from Wildwood Crest to North Wildwood lasted more than four hours.

This is the 28th year the convention has been held in Wildwood. It often draws more than 20,000 guests, according to the association’s website.

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I’ve written for multiple publications including Levittown Now, Passyunk Post, Philadelphia Neighborhoods,Temple News and JUMP Magazine. I’ve covered arts, entertainment, business, music, sports and local government. Experienced in videography.

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