Elmont/Belmont Parade to Be Held June 1

Sarah Andrew

The Paul Sapienza Elmont/Belmont Parade will be held on Saturday, June 1, revealed the New York Racing Association.

This year will mark the 16th edition of the one-mile parade celebrating the Elmont community and the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets. This year's Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will be held in Saratoga Springs.

The parade will kick off from the Covert Avenue School at 10 a.m. and continue west on Hempstead Turnpike before concluding at the Alva T. Stanforth Sports Complex adjacent to the Elmont Library (700 Hempstead Turnpike).

Participants in this year's parade will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Covert Avenue School parking lot.

The parade honors the late Paul Sapienza, a lifelong Elmont resident and former president of the Elmont Chamber of Commerce. Among the participants will be elected officials, local leaders, marching bands from Elmont public schools, members of the police and fire departments and local youth organizations.

Anna and Vito Cortesiano, owners of Salvatore's of Elmont, have been chosen as grand marshalls of this year's parade.

Following the parade, NYRA will host an exhibition soccer tournament featuring local student athletes from New Hyde Park Memorial High School, Sewanhaka High School, Floral Park Memorial High School, and Elmont Memorial High School at the Alva T. Stanforth Sports Complex.

For more information about the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at Saratoga Race Course, visit www.BelmontStakes.com.


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