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Big Turnout For Sunnyside’s Flag Day Parade

June 16, 2014 Staff Report

About 1,000 residents participated in Sunnyside’s 45th annual Flag Day Parade under brilliant sunshine on Saturday morning.

The parade, the only one in Queens, made its way up Greenpoint Ave. from 41st St. to Sabba Park, which is located at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and 48th Street. A patriotic ceremony was then held in the park.

The Sunnyside Drum Corp., The United 40’s Civic Association, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and local leaders all marched up Greenpoint Ave.

There was a strong showing by students from PS 199 and IS125.

The marched was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.

Flag Day is a National Holiday that has been held every June 14th since 1949 and it honors the Star Spangled Banner. The idea was originally proposed in 1885 as a way to inspire students to honor the nation’s flag.

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Sunnyside Nostalgia

When I used to go to PS 199 yeeeeeaaaaars ago, I would always march in the parade alongside with Daniel Drumm (my social studies teacher then).

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Ignorance is Bliss Street

@Crane

Agreed. The coordination with the traffic could have been better. At one point the large school group was a good block and a half behind the rest of the parade.

Admittedly, getting the parade across Queens Blvd to Sabba Park is tricky. You can only hold up traffic on a major thoroughfare for so long before you have a major problem, even on a Saturday.

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Julia Assange

I love it when Marxist politicians pretend to like the flag! How did Cathy Nolan manage to walk?

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john wayne schwarzenneger

whats de hummer doin on greepoiynt avenue?! should be over dere kikkin some irakki butt?!! peepole are getng slaughtered for chrissakes?!!

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Crane

It was nice but poorly orchestrated.
The roads were randomly blocked with no signs in advance, people were directed in various directions by people in NYPD baseball caps (there was just ONE nypd patrol car in the front, and he also looked clueless ) and half of sunnyside looked at this parade with curious eyes trying to figure what is going on. Hopefully next time they will cordon off the area during parade and manage traffic better. Let’s plan better next year and let’s all join on this nice parade.

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Celtic Bark

It was a picture perfect day for a parade and a great way to get out in the nice weather and meet your neighbors.

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