Who says parades are only for the young? This young at heart resident shows her true colors - red, white and blue. Did she ride that bicycle through town?
At the subtle request of Mother Nature, the fireworks traditionally set off on July 4 from Morgan Park were delayed until July 8, but the weather earlier in the day was just perfect for Glen Cove's annual Children's Bicycle Parade through town. With children and their various modes of transportation decorated in red, white and blue, patriotic citizens made their way from the horseshoe at Robert Finley Middle School to Village Square, pedaling, scooting, skateboarding, or being pushed or pulled in wagons and strollers by parents, who were obviously having as good a time as the children.
The parade tradition had a modest beginning, with parents Cheryl Carmody and Patti Pilla suggesting that the children in their Landing neighborhood decorate their rides and parade around their home block. The parade has since become a part of Glen Cove history and Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi recognized the originators of the event at the festivities in Village Square.
At the square, the crowd recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the National Anthem. This was followed by cookies, lemonade and camaraderie.
Sea Cliff celebrated the birthday of America in its traditional manner at John Burns Green this Fourth of July.
Mayor Eileen Krieb rang the Sea Cliff Village Bell 13 times, once for each of the original colonies. Boy Scout Troop #42 and the Pipe & Drum Corps presented the colors and Lesley Pryde Haley sang The Star Spangled Banner. Phil Como presented the assemblage with information and insight into the events leading up to the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, after which John Canning read the document and invited participants to join in the recitation of the final paragraph.
The crowd was also entertained by a historic playlet titled They Ventured Much, the story of seven signers of the Declaration of Independence and all in attendance joined in singing America the Beautiful, led by Ann DiPietro, Lesley Pryde Haley and Karin Barnaby.
As no party would be complete without goodies, refreshments and noisemakers were offered to all.