Paul Sapienza Elmont/Belmont Parade Set For June 3

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and the Elmont Parade Committee announced that the Paul Sapienza Elmont/Belmont Parade will be held Saturday, June 3.

Named for the late Paul Sapienza, a lifelong Elmont resident and former president of the Elmont Chamber of Commerce, the 15th annual parade will again serve as the traditional kickoff to the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.

The event will kick off at approximately 10 a.m. with marchers starting in the parking lot of the Alva T. Stanforth Sports Complex next to the Elmont Library (700 Hempstead Turnpike) and proceeding west on Hempstead Turnpike, before making a sharp right turn through Gate 5 at Belmont.

Individuals interested in marching in this year’s parade should assemble at 9:30 a.m. in the Alva T. Stanforth Sports Complex.

Among the participants will be elected officials, local leaders, marching bands from Elmont public schools, members of the police and fire departments and local youth organizations. The parade distance is approximately 1.4 miles.

This year’s grand marshals will be Ken Rosner, Superintendent of the Elmont Union Free School District; Kevin Dougherty, Principal of the Elmont Memorial High School; and Scott Cushing, longtime community leader.

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