Written by Pat Grace: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00The sun beat down brutally on Monday, May 28, as stragglers scurried north on Plandome Road to slip into formation, whether it be with the marching band, Girl or Boy Scouts or a sports team, just in time before the parade began winding its way south to the high school where, after its success as a venue last year, the ceremony would be held.
Pat Kenny, and her daughter Christine Kenny Goettelmann, found a shady spot under the Clearview movie theater marquee, where Pat calculated this was her 35th Manhasset Memorial Day Parade. She observed there were fewer spectators lining the street at the more recent parades, but thoughtfully added that far more children march in the parade, along with their parents, than in those earlier years.
At 9:55 a.m., as participants hurried to their posts, the crowd began leisurely forming along the road. Some brought folding chairs while others secured a spot on the curb. The course of life itself was visible on the street: baby strollers and wheelchairs alike were positioned for the best view. Clothing worn at the parade is also a tradition. So many wear red, white and blue, and enthusiastically wear something with the flag on it, while simultaneously waving American flags that it appeared so perfect it could have been staged.
The Manhasset Chamber of Commerce had the live flower baskets in place and the new American flags provided by the Legion added to the colorful, patriotic glow of Plandome Road.
When the police car’s flashing red and blue lights were spotted near Edison’s near the end of Plandome Road excitement mounted as the parade began.
Look for additional coverage of the parade in future issues.