Written by Chris Boyle, firstname.lastname@example.org Tuesday, 09 July 2013 00:00
Massapequans turned out in droves for Massapequa Park ’s annual Independence Day parade, cheering, waving flags, and celebrating passionate pride in a nation they deeply love.
Starting at the intersection of Walker Street and Lakeshore Drive and continuing down through Park Boulevard, the parade was presided over by new Massapequa Park Mayor Jeffrey Pravato, who seemed excited to be taking on a new role in this special Village event.
“The parade is outstanding...the weather’s beautiful, and we expect a huge crowd today,” he said. “We have a lot of people participating, including the American Airpower museum. This is the best parade on Long Island!”
The Independence day festivities in Massapequa Park had kicked off the evening before with the Village’s annual fireworks extravaganza, held before a captivated audience in Mansfield Memorial Park .
“We had a wonderful fireworks show last night. It rained a little bit, but we had a great turnout... about 5,000, we estimate,” he said. “It was a beautiful show this year, and the residents are just outstanding. They came out with their families and had a great time.”
The parade brought marchers from various organizations, including the Kiwanis Club, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Boy Scouts, several bands, and many more.
The American Airpower museum was also on hand, with several armored military vehicles, as were many local dignitaries and politicians. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto handed out flags to children as they rode the route.
“We’re here to celebrate America and celebrate independence, and we’re celebrating it in a great village,” Mangano said. “It’s just a wonderful community event and celebration of America and independence.”
Rosanne Provenzano was getting the girls of Lockhart Elementary School ’s Daisy Troop 2287 ready for their big debut in this year’s Fourth of July parade.
“I just like to come out and be a part of the community...it’s so festive and it celebrates our country,” she said. “This is our first year with the Daisy Troops marching in the parade. We’re very excited!”
Allison Dolan was sitting on the sidelines, waving her American flag as the parade marched on by.
“I come to the parade every year...my son marches with his Little League team,” she said. “It’s a wonderful parade, and afterwards we have a big celebration every year...we have a big BBQ, and we have a pool, so our family comes and we have a great time.”
Neil Weissman snags a front-row seat to the parade every year.
“This is our fourth parade, and they always come right by our house. It’s a magnificent,” he said. “Independence Day represents the birth of a nation ... ‘a new nation conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.’ I still believe that today.”