A Patriotic Parade


 The beach blocks from Newport Avenue to the beach wall on Beach 131st  Street held their 27th Annual Fourth of July Rag-Tag Parade. A large crowd participated in the festivities. The parade began with a reading of the names of all the neighbors who perished on 9/11/01 and 11/12/01, and was then proceeded by a march to the beach.

Vincent Murphy rallied all the participants by playing patriotic music as the participants marched down 131st Street from the corner of Newport Ave and 131st Street. Six-year-old Keira Coyne led the parade group to the beach wall. Steve Cannon followed Keira with his car loaded with enthusiastic participants.

The marchers were greeted by a cheering throng of neighbors at “Old Glory Plaza.” Parade Chairman Hank Iori greeted everyone. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Kristen Franchuck. Updates on the happenings on the block were reported and several new neighbors were welcomed to the block, including Joe and Mary Harkins and Kraig and Jen DeMattis.

The festivities ended as neighbors shared some time saying hello and preparing to spend their day on the beach. An enjoyable time was had by all and the festivities of the day continued all day and night on the beach!