On a perfect autumn day, Port Washington celebrated the big heart of this wonderful small town. Spirits ran high as Port's youngsters streamed down Main Street in the annual Pride in Port Parade. The kids proudly shouted out the names of their schools as they marched with banners and balloons passed the reviewing stand.
For this special PIP 20th anniversary, the children of Port Washington were honored as Grand Marshals.(Photo by Ellen Cohen)
The Wantagh American Pipe Band started out leading the community parade with the rousing sound of the bagpipes. Then this year's Grand Marshals -"The Children of Port Washington" gleefully marched.
This was followed by an exciting and skillful demonstration from World Tae Kwon Do Academy, in which the young students awed the crowd.
And, it would not have been a parade honoring our children without the Parent Resource Center, which followed the academy.
The public schools were represented by BOE members, with Rob Seiden giving his young son a piggyback!
And another source of Pride in Port, the Schreiber Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees, cruised down Main Street in convertibles. This year the inductees were Robert Carpariello-Class of 1980; Jennifer Langton-Class of 1993; Dr. Thomas J. Romeo-District Service; Beth Shackel-Scott-Class of 1995; Kristina Shackel-Wood-Class of 1994; Roger Winter-District Service; Michael Zirpolo-District Service and Timothy O'Leary-Class of 1975.
High stepping in the parade were the Portettes and cheerleaders with their musical counterparts, decked out in their fabulous outfits, the award-winning SHS Marching Band, under the leadership of Mr. Mark Brenner. All three of these groups led the way for the Schreiber homecoming court.
This year the six nominees for homecoming King were as follows: the runner-ups was crowned Prince. (Winners are noted.)
The six nominees for homecoming queen were as follows:
Runner-ups were crowned princess. (Winners are noted.)
A local band comprised of members of the CSEA Custodial Maintenance Workers also rocked Main Street with their cool sounds and great rhythms.
Some of the many outstanding community organizations that make Port such a special place to live that marched were American Legion Post 509, Community Chest, Chamber of Commerce, CSEA Custodial Maintenance and the PWTA and paraprofessionals, Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes, Paumonok Port Washington Local #855, Port Washington Police Department, Sands Point Police Department and last but not least..the Port Washington Fire Department.
It was a memorable day! Many thanks to Ellen Cohen and Roy Smithheimer for being pairs of extra eyes and lenses.
(Ed.'s note: Port schools on parade in next week's edition.)