Parade

Greenpoint Memorial Day Parade Sunday (5/26)

© Jon Pywell 2013

Catch the Greenpoint Memorial Day Parade is Sunday May 26th, 2013 – beginning at 9am. It begins at The American Legion (519 Leonard St) and goes up Nassau Ave, then up to Manhattan Ave to St. Anthony’s Church (Milton St & Manhattan Ave) where there will be a Mass in honor of living and deceased US veterans. Then the parade will retrace its steps back to the post for a memorial service and flag raising. More info at Greenpoint Gazette.

We spotted this Bald Eagle on its huge nest on the Delaware River this past weekend. Thank God they didn’t go with the Wild Turkey as Ben Franklin suggested for the national bird. Bald Eagles are way more bad ass.

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Town Square Halloween Parade 2012


This past Saturday that picturesque thoroughfare Manhattan Avenue was blocked by people double parking descended on by tiny-and-medium sized revelers representing for this year’s Town Square Halloween Parade. Marchers braved traffic to show off their costumes and take advantage of a great excuse to walk in the street. Two days later, Hurricane Sandy hit, but when this video was taken, we had no idea what lie ahead.

The marchers start at Java

Marching down Manhattan Avenue

Greenpoint is the place to be on  Halloween (and every other day)!

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Date Change: Winthrop (McGolrick) Park Dog Halloween Parade – Sunday 11/4

*Date change: Because of closing of parks for Hurricane Sandy the date for the parade has been moved to 11/4.

It’s that time of year again! This Sunday (11/4) at 1pm, Greenpoint dogs get dressed up in ridiculously awkward halloween costumes and strut their mutts through McGolrick (I mean Wintrop) Park, on this side of McGuinness. This is one of those events that make me wonder if aliens observed this what would they think about the human species?

My favorite costume last year was a dog dressed up like an air conditioner. Check out the video we did last year!

If you just can’t get enough doggie dress-up, Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest is this Saturday (10/27) in McCarren Park.

What will you be dressing up your pooch as this year?

 

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Pulaski Day Parade

In case you were wondering why every Polish American neighbor was wearing red and white and evacuating Greenpoint for Manhattan today, waving flags and blowing horns, its because it was the Pulaski Day Parade. Two handsome young men walking toward the train told me the parade runs along 5th avenue and celebrates the Polish community and culture in NY.

Who is Kazimierz Michał Wacław Wiktor Pułaski after whom the Pulaski bridge and today’s parade is named? According to Wikipedia: “Pulaski was a military commander for the Bar Confederation and fought against Russian domination of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. When this uprising failed, he emigrated to North America as a soldier of fortune. During the American Revolutionary War, he saved the life of George Washington[4] and became a generalin the Continental Army. He died of wounds suffered in the Battle of Savannah. Pulaski is one of only seven people to be awarded honorary United States citizenship.”

He sounds like a badass to me.

More info on the parade and General Pulaski can be found at the Pulaski Day Parade Website.

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Greenpoint Veterans Memorial Parade

This years Greenpoint Veterans Memorial Parade is set for Sunday May 29th. The parade is a time honored tradition of the neighborhood and I think one of the only times you get to hear bagpipes going down Manhattan Avenue.

The ‘Greenpoint Veterans Memorial Parade Committee’ is composed primarily of members of local Greenpoint groups including Lexington Council #293 of the Knights of Columbus, St. Stanislaus Memorial Post #1771, American Legion, and The Slovak Citizens Club.

11th Annual Greenpoint Veterans Memorial Parade
Sunday May 29th, 2011
Parade route runs from the St. Stanislaus Memorial American Legion Post to St. Anthony-St. Alphonsus Church for a “Massing of the Colors” and Memorial Mass

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Groovy Kind Of Parade

I personally have a fondness for Phil Collins. Groovy Kind of Love was the song I dedicated to my very first boy crush. Oh wait, second boy crush. I can recall passing notes and lots of giggling. Might’ve been one of my healthiest relationships to date.

Reader Hillary emailed me a couple of quick snaps and The Brooklyn Paper also covered the event. A Phil Collins Parade… I can just imagine how those drivers trying to get through this crowd were freaking out. It’s shit like this that the hipsters do that drive the locals in-fucking-sane. I got no problem with them doing it on the sidewalk but why do they really need to block traffic on a main two way street? If one of them got ran over it would be the drivers fault, right?

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