A full day to celebrate Pride in Port

A full day to celebrate Pride in Port
Pride in Port parade. (Courtesy of Debbie Greco Cohen)

The 30th annual Pride in Port celebration will begin on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. and won’t end until 11 p.m. The day’s event line-up begins with the annual Hall of Fame ceremony and breakfast, which starts at 9 a.m. in the Schreiber High School cafeteria. Each year, Schreiber alumni who excelled in one or more sport are honored. This year’s inductees are Robin (Beil) Mansfield (1976), Robert Moore (1967), John Nahas (1979), John Wade (1986) and Susan (Graser) Weiss (1998).

The parade, which begins at 11:30 a.m., demonstrates tremendous community pride through participation by nearly every Port school and many local organizations. The parade starts at Main Street near Belleview Avenue and ends on Campus Drive. This year’s Grand Marshal is Residents Forward, an organization that has focused on improving the quality of life in many ways in Port Washington for 50 years.

Soon after the parade ends on Campus Drive, Family Fun Day begins at 12:30 p.m. with various activities, including a homecoming football game at 1:30 p.m., halftime inductee ceremony and more. A luncheon honoring all senior citizens will be held in the Schreiber cafeteria starting at 12:30 p.m. No reservations are needed and the Town of North Hempstead is providing bus transportation from the Port Washington Senior Citizens Center parking lot to the parade and senior luncheon, then back to the Center at about 2 p.m.

At 7 p.m., the annual dinner dance kicks off at the Polish-American Hall. Lifelong Port Washington resident Mariann Dalimonte has been selected as the 2018 Community Honoree because of her tireless devotion to many organizations and events through the year.

Dozens of local restaurants generously donate food for the cocktail hour and dinner. Entertainment features performances by Encore and there will be dozens of great raffle prizes. Dinner Dance tickets can be purchased in advance for $35 per person on eventbrite.com (search Pride in Port), at the Chamber of Commerce building, 329 Main Street (883-6566) or by calling 661-5360 or 883-6693. The event often sells out, but if there are still seats available, tickets can be purchased at the door for $40 per person.

The Pride in Port committee wishes to thank all sponsors for their generosity. Their donations help offset costs of the day’s events so more college scholarships can be awarded to graduating seniors at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

Visit the Pride in Port group Facebook page or call 883-6566 for more information.

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