The third annual Children’s Holiday Parade, sponsored by Councilman Paul Vallone and the Bayside Village Business Improvement District (BID) took place last Sunday.
More than a thousand marchers and spectators filled the streets along Bell Boulevard from 36th Avenue to 41st Avenue.
The parade concluded with remarks from elected officials, a performance from the Landrum School of Performing Arts, songs from the PS 31 choir, PS 41, and finally, a Christmas tree and menorah lighting.
At the end of the parade, the Bayside-Whitestone Lions Club, Councilman Vallone’s Student Ambassadors and other volunteers distributed hot chocolate and bake goods, which were donated by Papazzio Restaurant and Martha’s Country Bakery.
“Sunday’s third annual Children’s Holiday Parade truly symbolized the spirit of every community, faith, holiday and beauty of this most wonderful time of the year!” Vallone said in a statement. “The countless children, families, friends and neighbors who came out were a true testament to the power the holidays have to bring a community together in shared celebration.
Here are photos from the parade, courtesy of Councilman Vallone’s office: