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Huntington Awareness Day Takes Shape

Canine fashion show joins the parade lineup.

Huntington Awareness Day Parade 2012. Photo Credit: Pam Robinson
Huntington Awareness Day Parade 2012. Photo Credit: Pam Robinson
This article was written by Pam Robinson.

The fourth annual Huntington Awareness Day parade is set for Sept. 7 and has added more attractions and salutes to residents.

Bands, floats, service groups, vintage cards and merchants will participate in the march, which will winds from West Hills Road to Church Street and end in the municipal parking lot between Railroad and Church Streets. The fair will include performances by local artists and booths offering crafts and services.

The parade will honor several people, including Alfred A. Sforza, known as “Freddie the Shoemaker,” and Charles Gumbs, a one-time middleweight champion in the armed forces.

It will also recognize James Conte and Lawrence Kushnick, both of whom died in the last year. Conte represented Huntington Station in the  State Assembly for 24 years. Kushnick, an attorney who was the chairman of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, helped organize the fair portion of Huntington Awareness Day.

Added to the day’s lineup is  Corky Nightingale's Woof, Wag and Walk Fashion Show, a parade-within-the-parade that highlights canine diversity. Canine "Super Models"  with their owners show off  their outfits down the "New York Avenue 'Cat Walk'" wearing  a variety of styles which represent their heritage and breed history.

Those interested in joining this part of the parade should call 631-367-2565 for more information.  All owners must be on leash.     

“Every year, something gets added to make Huntington Awareness Day even more special,” Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said, “but what hasn’t changed is the incredible showing of pride Huntingtonians have in their community, making this truly an event not to be missed.”

The parade and fair are organized by the Huntington Awareness Community Partnership. “We continue to look for sponsors and, of course, we will gratefully accept donations to help us keep all events and rides free of charge,” said co-chair Dolores Thompson. “That way, everyone in the community can enjoy this special day. But we are particularly looking for vendors: people who want to sell arts and crafts, artwork, jewelry, fashion merchandise and other items that might be of interest to fairgoers.”

Details about sponsorship or parade participation and forms are available at www.huntingtonawareness.org.

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