Malverne continued to celebrate its 100 Year Anniversary at the Centennial Float Parade & Village Festival with over 20 organizations and 15 floats participating in the parade. Hundreds of residents came out to take part in the festivities. Organizations were split into 3 divisions and lined up along 3 blocks off of Hempstead Ave.
Boy Scout Troop 24 led the parade as the color guard where they showcased a camp site themed float complete with a smoking fire pit and tandem kayak. Mayor Corbett and the Village Board followed in the Village float accompanied by Assemblywoman Judy Griffin. The float was decorated with 100 Year Anniversary signage, bunting and flags. The Town of Hempstead entered a hayride themed float that was accompanied by Town Supervisor Don Clavin, Town Councilman Bruce Blakeman and Town Clerk, Kate Murray.
Many organizations followed including Malverne Chamber of Commerce, Malverne Civic Association with their miniature decorated gazebo, Crossroads Farm with its huge mobile harvest themed float, Malverne Public Library, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish & School, Grace Lutheran, Malverne School District, Malverne Little League and the American Legion. The talented Malverne Pride Marching Band also marched in the parade after a full day of band competitions the day prior.
In addition to the floats were classic cars and a tribute to our first responders and essential workers led by the NYPD Color guard with Malverne police cars, Malverne Firefighters and their fleet of fire engines, the Malverne Volunteer Ambulance Corp as well as the Malverne Department of Public Works who built a float with real sod, a lawnmower, decorative flower bed and park bench. The DPW also included their large vehicles for the young children of Malverne to enjoy including multiple garbage trucks and a large payloader.
The parade kicked off around 10:30AM where residents lined Hempstead Avenue to view the parade and cheer the organizations on. The parade ended on Church Street where the Malverne Chamber of Commerce and Village of Malverne organized a large Fall Festival with 2 live bands, many street vendors and local merchants, many rides for children including bounce houses, rock wall, mechanical bull, choo choo train, a selection of food trucks, craft beer & wine and much more. Chamber of Commerce President Kathi Monroe along with the parade co-chair Nicole Signora worked closely with Trustee Prizzi on coordinating the parade and festivities.
Mayor Corbett and the entire Village Board want to thank all the participants and residents who supported the Malverne Centennial Float Parade and Fall Festival. Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce and the Malverne Centennial Committee for such a wonderful event! We are truly blessed to live together in this beautiful Village.
A big shout out to Trustee Prizzi for his excellent work as Chairman of the Centennial Committee. Looking forward to more events to celebrate our 100 Year Anniversary of Malverne!