Considered to be the largest Memorial Day parade in the United States, the 85th annual Little Neck-Douglaston event did not disappoint this year.
The weather couldn’t have been better for the Monday afternoon parade, which began in Little Neck and ended at St. Anastasia Church in Douglaston. Thousands gathered along the Northern Boulevard route to wave flags and cheer the marchers.
This year’s grand marshal was an Army Reserve unit, the 77th Sustainment Brigade, that recently returned from Iraq. The unit is headquartered at Fort Dix, NJ.
All major area elected officials, including the mayor, participated in this parade, which is so long it takes more than two hours to complete. A surprise marcher was Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who seemed delighted to take part.
An estimated 80,000 people watched the event, which included military units, marching bands, fire trucks, vintage cars and even “Teddy Roosevelt” and a contingent of Rough Riders who led off the parade.
Free refreshments followed at the Douglaston church.