Rockaway Marches In Howard Beach Parade
A large section of Crossbay Boulevard was closed off by police on Sunday, September 29th, for the parade which featured singers, performances, large musical floats, marching bands, Girl Scouts, school groups, civic organizations, politicians and volunteer fire engines.
In announcing the Rockaway contingent, organizers noted how Hurricane Sandy had hit all us all and brought all of our communities together.
With syncopated drums and brass, light blue jackets and berets, the Scholars' Academy Seawolves Marching Band was the first Rockaway group in the line of march.
They performed “Apache (Jump On It)” under the direction of Academy music teacher Alexander Leicht.
Also representing Rockaway this year was the Beach Channel High School band, featuring brass, drums, electric bass and a variety of other instruments.
The award winning ensemble took to the red carpet in front of the reviewing stands at 160th Avenue to entertain the large crowds with the theme from “Shaft”.
The parade was organized by the Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation.
Joe Causi of WCBC radio emceed the event.