Mardi Gras Parades Stronger Than Sandy
Breezy Point and Roxbury sent a strong message to Hurricane Sandy over the holiday weekend as they marched on with their Labor Day weekend Mardi Gras tradition, despite still being in recovery mode 10 months later.
Breezy Point held its annual Mardi Gras parade on Saturday afternoon. Residents from around the neighborhood wore colorful costumes and built creative floats and marched around the community, bringing smiles to the faces of those who are still recovering from the storm. Many of the groups went with a Sandy-related theme. Those from Fulton Walk, which burned down during the storm, had an “under construction” theme. There were also groups that poked fun at insurance agents, the Red Cross, not-so-Rapid Repair, FEMA flood elevation requirements and mold.
Jim Killoran of Habitat for Humanity of Westchester was the Grand Marshal of the parade as he was being honored for his work and dedication to Breezy over the past 10 months. Several bagpipe bands and some original groups such as Great Gatsby, the Miracle on the Hudson and Sharknado were also part of the parade. Prizes were given out to the best dressed at the end of the parade.
On Sunday, Roxbury took a more comedic approach in their annual Mardi Gras parade, with a few references to Sandy. Among the Sandy-related groups were “Tetris: Rebuilding Roxbury One Block at a Time’ and a group of quick-moving grannies known as the “Hurry Canes.” Some groups took a fun political approach with one group, called “Quinn Hates Weiner,” with men dressing as Christine Quinn and Anthony Weiner and another group dressed up as “Stop and Whisk” chefs to poke fun at the hot topic of “Stop and Frisk.” After all of the groups marched throughout the community, they met at the baseball field where cash prizes were distributed in different categories. The winners all donated their prizes to various groups such as the Roxbury Volunteer Fire Department.