Some ideas floating around included a variety of new start locations.
Kiwanis members suggested beginning the procession at Forest Park, reversing the route from Woodhaven towards the American Legion on Metropolitan Avenue, or even moving the parade to Queens Boulevard. However, that idea did not go over well at the last Kiwanis meeting held at Acey Duceys last week.
Other plans for next year could include a dog procession, as well as possible space in the parade for skateboards and bikes.
“We want to find a way to include everyone,” he added.
While the celebration was a tightly budgeted one this year, Tom Long, Legion post commander and member of the Kiwanis Club, plans on a more expansive approach when it comes to raising funds for the parade next year.
Of the funding for this year's parade, more than $3,000 came from the Legion, $1,750 from union groups, and thousands more from businesses and private donors.
“I don’t think it’s a matter of starting earlier,” Long said at the meeting. “It’s just a matter of expanding our operation.”