Bay Ridge hosts 147th annual Memorial Day Parade
by Jess Berry
May 28, 2014 | 2152 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
2014 Bay Ridge Memorial Day Parade
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The sun was out and so were the crowds for the 147th annual Kings County Memorial Day Parade in Bay Ridge on Monday.

The parade, the oldest to be held continuously in the nation, traveled from 87th Street down Third Avenue and ended with a memorial service in John Paul Jones Park.

Veterans, labor unions, civic organizations, Brooklyn high school marching bands, bagpipers, boy scouts and girl scouts, antique fire trucks and antique cars were all featured in the parade.

The Grand Marshal was Gold Star Mothers, an organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in service of the country. The deputy grand marshals were made up of the families of the Fort Hamilton Military Community.

“Frankie Marra in the last couple of years has really made it a thing himself to really get the parade back and big,” Bill Boshell, who was born and raised in Bay Ridge, said.

In 2011, the parade was almost cancelled due to a lack of funding. Marra hosted a benefit concert with his band and donated his own money, raising enough funds to keep the parade alive.

His dedication to making the parade a thing of pride for Brooklyn has continued since then.

Families and community members filled the sidewalks to watch the parade. Angela DiPasquale, who has lived in Bay Ridge for the past 14 years, said her children and grandchildren come every year for the parade.

“They’ve been coming since they were in carriages,” she said. “Every single year. Rain or shine.”

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