Memorial Day Parade Switches Hands

BY JOE MARVILLI
Staff Writer

One of the City’s largest Memorial Day parades looks to be switching organizers this year.

The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade will no longer be produced by the local neighborhood group that had been in charge of the ceremony for years. Due to a lack of sufficient local support, the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Organization, Inc. is dissolving. Instead, the United War Veterans Council is looking to help put the parade together for 2014.

A letter on the parade’s website stated that the UWVC and two other large donors from outside the Little Neck/Douglaston community were responsible for more than two-thirds of the 2013 parade’s expenses.

“Unfortunately, the necessary financial support became increasingly difficult to obtain from our community,” the letter said.

Since 1927, the Memorial Day Parade has marched down Northern Boulevard in honor of those who served over the years. The parade was often funded by many generous donations from people in the community.

For 2014, the UWVC is working with the community and other groups to help put together the parade. As part of that effort, an open meeting was held at the Community Church of Little Neck after press time.

When asked to comment, the UWVC said it wanted to hold off until after the meeting to discuss the parade in detail.

“I hope a miracle might still occur and another group might step up to the plate for the good of all veterans,” Frederick Bedell Jr. wrote in a letter to the editor.

Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstribune.com, or @Joey788.