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Another Great Parade In Massapequa

Thousands line thoroughfares for Memorial Day tribute

Massapequa is the Parade Capital of Long Island and once again, the village and its residents lived up to its grand reputation with another terrific turnout for the 2012 Memorial Day Parade. Up to 2,000 residents lined Park Boulevard and other boulevards to cheer on the numerous local organizations that showed the colors on this solemn holiday.

Among those who took part in the parade were Village of Massapequa Park trustees, including Mayor James Altadonna; Peter J. Schmitt, presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature; George Maragos, Nassau County comptroller and Republican Party candidate for the U.S. Senate; plus representatives from the Nassau County Police Department, the Village of Massapequa Park Fire Department, Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops, marching bands from both Massapequa High School and Plainedge High School, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Amvets Post 88, the American Legion Post 1066 auxiliary unit, and many more marchers.

Led by a police honor guard, the parade kicked off at 10 a.m. at Commonwealth Avenue. The parade moved south on Broadway, to Clark Boulevard, east to Park Boulevard and south on Park Boulevard’s business district, where the Town of Oyster Bay’s mobile reviewing stand was located. The parade then turned west on Front Street to Brady Park, as the marching bands entertained crowds with tunes appropriate for the holiday. At Brady Park, a memorial service and wreath laying ceremony took place.

Regular parade goers all agreed that this parade—-and others that the village holds—-keeps attracting more and more local residents each year.

—John Meyer contributed to this article.