Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 10 July 2009 00:00
It was another successful day for one of Long Island’s biggest Independence Day parades.
With the Fourth of July being held on a Saturday this year, village officials decided to turn the holiday into a weekend-long event. The day after the parade, the village held an outdoor breakfast at Brady Park.
Up to 500 people attended the event, which was held from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
That same day, the Massapequa Roadrunners Club sponsored their 28th Annual Firecracker 5K Run. Over 800 runners entered the run that began at Park and Clark Boulevard, and ran to Walker Street Park, the Massapequa Creek to, finally, the finish line at Brady Park.
Awards were given for the first male and female finishers from Massapequa Park. The female winner was Erin Marks, who hit the finish line at 19:13 minutes. Winner of the men’s race was Peter Marques with a time of 19:21 minutes.
The parade itself began at Lake Shore Drive and Walker Street and traveled south on Park Boulevard at Front Street. According to village officials, over 1,000 local residents attended to watch numerous floats, plus the usual number of politicians and local organizations who marched along the main route.
Trophies were awarded for the Best Marching Units, First and Second Place Music Groups, Best Float and Best Overall Unit.
The winners were:
Best Float: Hooked on Cub Scouting, Cub Pack 590.
Best Music Groups: First Place: Tara Pipe Band.
Best Music Groups: Second place: Malverne Fire Department.
Best Color Guard: Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 15.
Best Marching Unit: Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 15.
Best Overall Unit: Massapequa Fire Department.
The week kicked off with a night of Irish music at Brady Park in a concert that took place on Saturday, June 27, one sponsored by that same Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 15, who went on to have a successful weekend in the prizes categories.