Written by Tara Brennan Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00
On Sunday, October 28, The North Massapequa Fire Department held their 38th Annual Children’s Rag-A-Muffin Costume Parade. As a long-standing tradition, this event serves as a great opportunity allowing local residents, merchants, and members of the fire department to get together and celebrate the upcoming holiday of Halloween.
Beginning at noon, the parade started at the corner of North Nassau Avenue and North Broadway, and finished at the firehouse. There, gifts including bicycles, gift certificates, and iPods were raffled off to children who participated in the costume contest. Registration for the event was free, and made possible thanks to the generous donations of local residents and members of the Massapequa community. The Rag-A-Muffin Parade was also made possible through the hard work and dedication of the events chairman, Ralph Raymond.
As chairman of the Rag-A-Muffin Parade for the past 12 years, Raymond found this year’s event to be especially successful and was pleasantly surprised by the large turnout, considering the expectation of Hurricane Sandy the following day. “Seeing the community come together was extremely encouraging despite the pending storm,” explained Raymond, adding that, “this event is a great way for fire service to interact with kids and community.”
The event proved to be a family affair, as neighbors and friends gathered together in an early celebration of Halloween. Being that this year’s Halloween was severely impacted by super-storm Sandy, the parade allowed children of all ages an opportunity to dress up in their costumes and spend quality time with family members. Indeed, the parade was a great success and the North Massapequa Fire Department, as well as this year’s participants are surely looking forward to next year’s event, as a time to come together once more as a community.