Women's Basketball Team Returns To Rutherford Community For Ragamuffin Parade

Members of the Felician women's basketball team served, in full Halloween costume, as chaperones and judges at the annual Rutherford Ragamuffin Parade on Sat., Oct., 27, 2012.
Members of the Felician women's basketball team served, in full Halloween costume, as chaperones and judges at the annual Rutherford Ragamuffin Parade on Sat., Oct., 27, 2012.

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – For the fifth consecutive year, members of the Felician College women's basketball team donned Halloween costumes to serve as chaperones and judges at the Borough of Rutherford's annual Ragamuffin Parade. This year's event was held on the morning of Saturday, October 27.

It was the second time in October that head coach Steve Fagan and the Golden Falcons ventured out to be active in their local community. A few weeks earlier, team members assisted at back-to-back events at on a Sunday afternoon at Memorial Park, the Mayor's Wellness Campaign kickoff and the Rutherford Touch-A-Truck.

"It's a really big goal for coach Fagan to have the local community be involved in our games," said team captain Gisell Peguero (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood). "That process starts by them knowing who we are. We have to show we're willing to interact."

At the Ragamuffin Parade, the Felician players escorted some of the borough's youngest residents, who paraded in full Halloween costume from Rutherford High School to Lincoln Park. At the park, the Golden Falcons served as judges for a costume contest, and helped event organizers hand out prizes and candy bags.

"I just tried to have fun and be a good role model," Peguero said. "I think it was important to show the kids that college athletes do other things off the court."

While Felician's main campus is in the borough of Lodi, its athletics offices and dormitories are housed in Rutherford, just a half-mile from Rutherford High.