Today is Memorial Day 2016 and just a short time ago my neighborhood of Bay Ridge was once again host to the King’s County Memorial Day Parade. This would be the 149th edition of this parade and it was initially kind of scary in terms if the weather above us. It rained a few hours ago but reports were that it would clear up around the time of the parade and lo and behold it did. Now it was time to honor those who’s service and sacrifice have helped keep this country safe and free. Once again this was to be an early starting parade, at 11am to be precise and would be led off by the Rolling Thunder motorcycle club. I grabbed my usual spot on the corner of 92nd Street and Third Avenue and snapped away for your own enjoyment for those who could not be here with us today based on no longer being in the neighborhood or with other commitments. As I’ve done in the past I will start off with the video of the Rolling Thunder and then get right into a whole lot of photographs. Please sit back, enjoy a coffee or something else to relax you and enjoy our presentation.
Yesterday was Memorial Day and Bay Ridge was once again host to the King’s County Memorial Day Parade. This would be the 148th edition of this parade and it was great to be around the neighborhood that morning with nothing else to do except focus my time on honoring the men and women who’s service and sacrifice have helped keep this country safe and free. It was an early starting parade, at 11am to be precise and would be led off by the Rolling Thunder motorcycle club. I grabbed my usual spot on the corner of 92nd Street and Third Avenue and snapped away for your own enjoyment if you could not be there with us. I’ll start off with the video of the Rolling Thunder and then get right into a whole lot of photographs. Sit back, get a coffee or something else to relax you and enjoy the presentation.
Though I’ve mentioned this before to the readers of the Piercing Ken blog, there’s a whole lot more of you hitting these posts of late so some might not know that my neighborhood of Bay Ridge Brooklyn was originally a very strong Norwegian based area. That said, we hold an annual parade for Norwegian Constitution Day which is on May 17th and this year it was able to be held on the actual day so a little more special in the hearts of all Norwegian residents and those who came to visit the neighborhood once again. I headed out to the parade and snapped a whole bunch of photos that will bring you into the moment with me. Its a mostly visual presentation but I might chime in here and there.
Before I start I would like to welcome you to the fourth day of the continuing winter. Yeah they said that Spring had sprung on Friday but its been super cold ever since so I am kind of convinced winter has made a side deal with Mother Nature. Now, where was I – Oh yea….. You probably didn’t realize that St. Patrick’s Day was a week long celebration if you’re not from the immediate NYC area. With parades happening before 3/17 and additional ones after that date it would surely seem to be the case. That brings us to this presentation which is a visual of the Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade that happened yesterday in our neighborhood. I like presenting this for our faraway readers as much as those former Ridge residents who now live in other parts of the country. Here we go.
Earlier today my neighborhood of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn held its annual Memorial Day Parade. With so many of our readers hailing from NYC I like to present the parade in photography since its not always possible to be here when it happens. This year’s affair started on 88th Street and Third Avenue and would progress into the higher numbers making its left turn onto Marine Avenue. Once it hit Fourth Avenue it would veer right and end in John Paul Jones Park (an area photographed in this very blog for your enjoyment). This is primarily a photographic presentation with limited input from your humble narrator but if you are from this neck of the woods and now live elsewhere in our nation, I hope this reminds you of the old neighborhood just a little bit.