Patriotism on parade

Yankee Doodle boy: Patriotic Preston Ferraiuolo celebrates Independence Day a few days early at Saturday’s Knights Of Columbus Independence Day Parade on 13th Avenue.

New York’s oldest Independence Day parade might not be on the Fourth of July, but it’s still pretty patriotic!

Hundreds of people lined 13th Avenue in Dyker Heights to watch the cavalcade — now in its 107th year — proceed from 71st to 86th streets. On hand to celebrate were local Scout troops and marching bands, as well as traditional bagpipe players, courtesy of the Knights of Columbus, the group that organized the parade.

Salute the squires: The Knights Of Columbus Bagpipers play their trademark tunes as they march along 13th Avenue.
Photo by Arthur De Gaeta

Ted General, second vice president of the Society of Old Brooklynites, led the train as Grand Marshal this year. The Knights of Columbus also honored Community Board 10 member and Dyker Heights Civic Association president Fran Vella-Marrone, bestowing her with the Brogan Memorial Award for her history of service.

The Catholic fraternal club also invited a special guest from Manhattan to join in the celebration: the Reverend Raymond Nobiletti, pastor of Transfiguration Church on Mott Street. Nobiletti received the Pro-Patria award from the Knights for his work as a 9-11 first responder.

All-American boy: Matthew Barsoum waves an American flag at Saturday’s Knights Of Columbus Independence Day Parade on 13th Avenue.
Photo by Arthur De Gaeta

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at (718) 260–4507 or e-mail him at wbredderman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/WillBredderman

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