The celebration of Red Bank’s centennial is little more than six weeks away, and today’s Asbury Park Press checks in with one of the planning committee’s two Bunting Boys for a report on how plans to bedeck the business district in red, white and blue are going.

The committee’s goal is to unleash a display of colorful patriotism to rival the borough’s first-anniversary celebration in 1909, said Edward Zipprich, committee member, who has been canvassing businesses with other members to get them to participate.

“We’ve shown them how the town was dressed up in 1909 for the first anniversary,” said Zipprich, also a member of the Historic Preservation Committee. “The level of excitement has been terrific.”

In some cases, business owners wrote out checks on the spot, once they realized the scope of the celebration, Zipprich told the Press.

Plans are also moving ahead for a townwide parade on May 17, to be followed by a picnic at Count Basie Field. A regatta and other riverfront festivities is planned for May 18 at Marine Park. Marching units that wish to participate in the parade must let deputy borough clerk Pam Borghi know by Saturday.

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Other events include a Red Bank version of New York City’s Cow Parade, which featured fiberglass bovines decorated by various artists in a New York centric theme, Zipprich said.

So far, no animal, mammal or aquatic creature has been selected as the canvas to be decorated by Red Bank’s Art community, but Zipprich has suggested a sea gull.

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