Scores of people, including members of the Pride community, police officers, elected officials and candidates, teachers, doctors and families marched Sunday in celebration as the Long Island Pride parade returned to Huntington.
Young and old joined the march along Main Street to Heckscher Park where the festivities continued with music, food and beer and wine. Erin Colton of News 12 emceed the parade.
Entertainer Ross Mathews and Connetquot teacher Sarah Ecke served as grand marshals, with Radio Active performing on the Chapin Rainbow stage at Heckscher Park.
Among the dignitaries were Town Council members Joan Cergol, Dr. David Bennardo and Sal Ferro, Town Clerk Andrew Raia, former State Sen. Jim Gaughran, Highway Superintendent Andre Sorrentino and Joe Schramm, director of the town’s TV and film office who is organizing a Pride event in Northport next weekend.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Deputy County Executive Jon Kaiman also marched. Members of the Suffolk County Democratic Committee also marched.
Numerous banks, medical organizations and others had contingents marching in the parade. Also participating was he Long Island Gay Men’s Chorus, which was scheduled to perform Sunday night at St. John Episcopal Church.
The parade moved out of Huntington for six years before returning Sunday.