2011-07-15 / Community

Rag-Tag Parade Celebrates Its 21st Year


Peggy Keating holds a bouquet of flowers. Peggy Keating holds a bouquet of flowers. The beach block of Beach 131 Street, known as “the Block,” held its 21st annual Fourth of July Rag-Tag Parade. Vincent Murphy rallied all the participants by playing patriotic music from the beach wall to the starting point of the parade. The parade started on Newport Avenue and Beach 131 Street. After the reading of the names of all the neighbors who perished in 9/11/01 and 11/12/01, everyone marched to the beach wall, led by Sean Torpey playing the bagpipes.

The marchers were greeted by a cheering throng of neighbors at “Old Glory Plaza.” Chairman Hank Iori greeted everyone as Poppi Materna raised the flag. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jillian Schneider. Updates on the happenings on the block were reported.

Peggy Keating was honored and received flowers as she approaches her 99th birthday. Peggy is a lifelong resident of the Rockaways and has always been supportive of the community.


Also participating in the parade (left to right) was Jillian Schneider, Matthew Schneider, Leslie Mahoney and Hank. Also participating in the parade (left to right) was Jillian Schneider, Matthew Schneider, Leslie Mahoney and Hank. Harold Peters, aka “Pete the Flag,” passed away this past year. Peter was a World War II veteran and a proud American. He truly loved his country and his family. Since “Old Glory Plaza” was established 22 years ago Pete faithfully attended to our flag. He would purchase replacement flags and refuse any attempts to compensate him. A large photo of Pete raising the red, white and blue was given to his daughter Leslie Mahoney on behalf of all his neighbors on the block.

The festivities ended as neighbors shared some time saying hello and preparing to spend their day on the beach. A good time was had by all.



The paradegoers (left to right): Michael Lydon, Barbara Boyle, Lauren Lydon, Connie Boyle, Connie Lydon, Shannon Lydon and Brian Boyle. The paradegoers (left to right): Michael Lydon, Barbara Boyle, Lauren Lydon, Connie Boyle, Connie Lydon, Shannon Lydon and Brian Boyle.

The bagpipers lead the parade. The bagpipers lead the parade.

The Speedway Express included (left to right) Catherine Johnson, Francie Riches, Conor Lane, Elie Riches and Megan Johnson. The Speedway Express included (left to right) Catherine Johnson, Francie Riches, Conor Lane, Elie Riches and Megan Johnson.

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