June 12, 2015 By Christian Murray
About 1,000 attendees are expected to turn out for Sunnyside’s 46th annual Flag Day Parade Saturday.
The parade, which is believed to be the only one in Queens, will start at 11 am on the corner of Greenpoint Avenue and 41st Street with participants marching east to Sabba Park, which is located at the intersection of Queens Blvd and 48th Street.
A patriotic ceremony will then held at the park, where marching bands will perform and the national anthem will be sung.
The Sunnyside Drum Corp., The United 40’s Civic Association, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and local leaders are expected to march. Each group will march behind its respective banner.
Students from PS 199 and IS125 have typically participated in the past as well as the NYPD Marching Band and the Pipes & Drums of County Armagh.
The marched is 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.
Following the parade, All Saints Episcopal Church is holding its 70th annual Strawberry Fair that takes place between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. on 46th Street between Queens Boulevard and 43rd Avenue.
There will be a rummage sale, hot dogs, burgers, popcorn, ice cream and strawberry cake. Additionally, there will be face-painting and other children’s activities.
Meanwhile, Woodside on the Move is holding an Irish Concert Saturday on 61st Street between Roosevelt and Woodside Avenues. The event will go from 12 pm- 4 pm.