Maspeth parade celebrating 25 years
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In commemoration of the 25th Anniversary, the Girl Scout troop from St. Stanislaus will be recognized at Memorial Square on 69th Street and Grand Avenue immediately after the Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, May 24. Back in 1984, the same Girl Scout troop wrote letters to the Queens Ledger asking to bring back the Memorial Day Parade in Maspeth. This outcry resulted in the reemergence of the Parade. The troop is led by Linda Cotov and Wiceida Feliciano, and troop members include Marissa Cofane, Kim Cotov, Kristina DeSena, Sarah Feliciano, Natalie Frankowski, Taylor Groll, Maragret Leisenheimer, Rebekah Lopatto, Ashling McGlone, Cassandra Rodriguez, Jennifer Silberberger, Nicole Talamo, and Amanda Vopat
Looking back, it's hard to imagine a time when Maspeth didn't have its prominent Memorial Day Parade. But that was just the case back in the early 1980's.

During a Girl Scout Troop meeting in the spring of 1984, the lesson was about Memorial Day, when the question was raised as to why Maspeth didn't have a parade anymore. So the girls from Girl Scout Troop 4-241 at St. Stanislaus Church wrote letters to the Queens Ledger asking why the Memorial Day had been abandoned, and they also called on local merchants to support the revival.

"Please talk to all the storeowners, I am a brownie and I want to march in the parade," wrote Stacy Golder, then age 8, who was joined in the letter-writing campaign by Erin Kennedy, Stacy Golder, Michelle Early, Farah Fecher, Michelle Czartoryski, and Kritin Kinald.

The challenge was met by many, which included the formation of the United Veterans & Fraternal Organizations of Maspeth. The original parade committee included Larry Krepla, Al Cerebie, Arty Wieber, Jerry Guisto, John Fullerton, Ken Rudzewick, and Joe Saia.

The theme of the parade was "Maspeth Is America" and it was held on May 26, 1985. The grand marshal was Girl Scout Brownie member Michelle Early.

The parade included four marching bands, including the West Point Military Band, antique cars for the first time in Maspeth since the Gay 90's parades in the early 70's, and the U.S. Navy Color Guard. It was a bright sunny day with over 2,000 marchers and 15,000 people viewing the parade.

"This parade was one of the biggest and best I've ever seen in Maspeth," recalled Bob Stanlewicz, a veteran who marched in the parade with the American Legion. "A lot of people participated this year. I am proud of Maspeth for the turnout and support."

Twenty-five years later, Maspeth is still going strong!

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