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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2019 10:30 am

Hamilton Beach’s annual Baby Parade last Sunday featured the neighborhood’s sweetest faces as parents and their children marched down 102nd Street for the community’s Labor Day Weekend tradition.

“This is one of the longest-running parades in the city of New York — except for Manhattan,” said Roger Gendron, left, president of the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association.

“It’s a nice way to end the summer for the kids.”

“It’s a great community tradition, over 60 years,” said state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach). “That’s what keeps Hamilton Beach a great community.”

Among those taking part was Councilman Eric Ulrich (D-Ozone Park), along with his daughter Lily.

As tradition dictated, the parade kicked off at the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department and ended at Hamilton Beach Park. Friends and neighbors lined the route applauding and shouting encouragement to the marchers.

At the end of the street, community members fired up the grills and served hot dogs and hamburgers to those in attendance.

Two bounce castles and an FDNY fire simulation training facility were also set up for the kids to enjoy.

— Isabella Bruni

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