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Community Spirit Runs High for Pride in Port

Large Turnout for 23rd Annual Pride in Port Parade

Many residents showed their community spirit by attending the events of the 23rd Annual Pride in Port, held on Saturday, Sept. 17. It was a beautiful, sunny day: perfect weather for a parade, football game, and other outdoor events offered for this annual community-wide event, such as Family Fun Day.

The day kicked off with a parade along Main Street, from Belleview Avenue to Schreiber High School. Local restaurant owner Ayhan Hassan was the Grand Marshal of the parade this year. The crowd always enjoys the traditional highlights of the parade, such as the Schreiber High School Marching Band and cheerleaders, the rock band “Powerglide” on the CSEA truck, and the karate demonstration by the World Taekwondo Academy. There were several new features this year, such as the Port Washington librarians’ dance routine, complete with matching, glittery outfits, which was a big hit at the parade and delighted many attendees.

New inductees for the Schreiber Athletics Hall of Fame waved to the crowd from red convertibles. A breakfast was held in their honor before the parade, and inductions took place during halftime at the football game. This year’s inductees are Carole Dunnels Miller, Class of 1951; Margaret Garofalo Tomic, Class of 1999; Joesph Marra, Class of 1949; Elizabeth Nicholson Delan, Class of 1951; Michael Ragusa, Jr., Class of 1975; and Lawrence Zaccherio, Class of 1967.

The special events of the day concluded with the Community Dinner Dance, held at the Polish American Hall, and dinner attendees said that it was a wonderful evening. Proceeds from the Community Dinner Dance will benefit the Port Washington Pride in Port Scholarship Fund.