Despite impending rainstorm and an earlier drizzle, participants get ready for the parade at Beach 129 Street. Pictured, Eddie Pastore (right) and Eric Ulrich staffer Rob Schwach, who prepared a brochure with information about those who are memorialized in the Beach 120 Street Memorial Circle.
School children from St. Francis de Sales Church hold signs honoring parishioners who died in battle in various wars.
Ceremony at Four Chaplains Memorial at the church.
Everybody, especially young kids, sported American Flags at the parade.
City Councilman Eric Ulrich (right) with staffer Rob Schwach.
Veterans lead off the march even though the rain began to pick up just as they began walking eastward on Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 129 Street.
The Scholars’ Academy Marching Band supplied the beat for the marchers.
Xaverian’s Pipes and Drum Band took part in the parade.
Rain nearly wiped out the 2017 Memorial Day Parade in Rockaway, but Mother Nature stopped drizzling long enough to get the festivities started at St. Francis de Sales Church on Monday morning.
The impending thunderstorm warning cut down on both marchers and onlookers, but those who took part were eager to walk the parade route from Beach 129 Street to the Doughboy Monument on Beach 94 Street.