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3 parades planned in Western Queens

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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 12:59 pm, Thu May 24, 2012.

The lineup of parades in Western Queens will begin on Monday, May 29, with the annual Woodside Memorial Day Parade. A Catholic Mass at 10 a.m. will precede the parade at St. Sebastian’s Roman Catholic Church.

The march starts at about 11 a.m. at the Vietnam Memorial near St. Sebastian’s School at 57th Street and Woodside Avenue. This ZIP code, 11317, lost the most residents in the nation during the Vietnam War, according to St. Sebastian’s Catholic War Veterans Post 870 Commander Jerry Olt.

Post 870, at 39-46 61 St., hosts the parade and will put on a post-parade barbeque for participants. The parade ends at Dough Boy Park.

James Dimiceli, managing director of the Kennedy-Roth Funeral Home in Woodside, will be the parade’s grand marshal.

“He has been very helpful with veterans’ burials over the years,” Olt said.

“I’m totally 1,000 percent honored to do this,” Dimiceli said.

The St. Sebastian’s Catholic War Veterans of Woodside can be reached at (718) 274-8645.

Next, the 20th Annual Queens Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade and Festival will be held on June 3 in Jackson Heights. The parade begins on 85th Street and 37th Avenue, and goes down 37th Avenue, ending at 75th Street at the multicultural festival. The festival runs from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and is held on 37th Road between 73rd and 77th Street.

The festival and parade began as a response to the anti-gay murder of Julio Rivera in 1990.Rivera’s family and Queens Center for Gay Seniors will be the grand marshals

For more information call or email Queens Pride at (718) 228-7599 or info@queenspride.org.

The Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside will host its annual Flag Day Parade on June 9. The marchers travel down Greenpoint Avenue. The group will start on 58th Street and end on Queens Boulevard at 49th Street.

For more information visit sunnysideparade.com or call (718) 786-4141.

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