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Nassau County Firemen's Association Parade 2012

Port Washington played host for a weekend of events and camaraderie.

The played host to volunteer fire departments as it hosted the 2012 Nassau County Parade and Drill over the past weekend. The recent election of Port Washington's Ex-Chief James A. Interdonati as new president of the Nassau County Firemen's Association made the host selection for this multi-day event noteworthy.

Drill teams comprised of men and women of the volunteer fire service from Nassau competed in two tournaments held at the Denton Ave Training Facility at Michael J. Tulley Park in New Hyde Park. 

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On Saturday night all of the fire departments joined together for a spectacular three hour long parade along Port Washington Blvd. and Main Street featuring their volunteers, fire safety rescue vehicles and marching bands. To the delight of crowds of spectators and firefighters a mega Block Party was set up in the parking lot of the Long Island Rail Road and flowed into the areas nearest the Flower Hill Hose Company #1 entrance which was open for viewing.

R Miller July 17, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Nice event. Brought alot of people to Port and a shot for local business. Actually an event that worked well. Good to see
jonathan winant July 17, 2012 at 08:28 PM
According to what I heard the event did not go as well planed! You have read some of the comments on other patch pages. Police even told me problems on roads too many closures and bad time of day to have such an event. Many not aware one parking lot at LIRR station was still open as signage was not accurate I could go on but this has nothing to do with the fact that I think honoring the volunteers was a great idea could have had better planning and more communication with community.
Nassau Taxpayer July 18, 2012 at 12:13 AM
LIRR sent out a Saturday mid-day text message blast indicating the lot would be closed after 5 PM. The poor planning, communication and outright misinformation on this event was epic
James Salerno July 18, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Mr Winant, I'm not sure what Police Officers you spoke to, but I can tell you the event ran as planned. In my opinion, it ran smoother than expected. Could communication have been better - absolutely, and I have taken responsibility for that. Hopefully, I won't be here 18 years from now and the next officer in charge will do a better job. Jim Salerno PWPD
judy July 18, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I live in the Salem area where the streets were closed and where the firetrucks were staged before the parade. I couldn't drive out of my neighborhood for hours, but so what! Enjoy the day, enjoy the event, what is wrong with all of you complainers? Sorry only the whiners are here commenting. Everyone I talked to from my neighborhood was having a good time, even though (gasp!) we couldn't get out of our driveways for a few hours. I loved the parade. I walked around beforehand and chatted with some firefighters and some band members. How often are you able to hear bagpipe music from your living room? Life is short, have some fun. Thank you to all the volunteers who serve, and thank you to the PWPD also for coordinating the event. Nobody's perfect, you did just fine.

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