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New Rochelle Celebrates Thanksgiving With Parade

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Erik and Lexie Contreras and their children Halle, Costa, and Crew were four of several thousand people who braved the blustery early morning winds Saturday for New Rochelle's 48th Annual Valenti Thanksgiving Parade.

“It’s exciting to be in a parade,” said Erik. “They have motivation and excitement,” he said of children Halle, Costa, and Crew.

Parade goers could be seen prior to the event’s 10 a.m. start lining both sides of North Ave. all the way down to Main where festivities then veered to the right onto Main St. up onto Maple Ave.

Spectators witnessed the talents of 800 marchers including groups from various schools throughout the City of New Rochelle school district, New Rochelle Police Department, New Rochelle Fire Department, Monroe College, Miss Teen Westchester, Holy Name of Jesus Church and School, Iona College Bagpipers, New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, New Rochelle High School Band, City officials including Mayor Noam Bramson,  and New Rochelle Girls, Cubs, and Boy scouts. New Rochelle Police Department Commissioner  Patrick Carroll served as Grand Marshall, while New Rochelle Fire Department Chief Louis DiMeglio rode with Santa.

Isaac Young Middle School math chairman Michael Galland cheered on the Isaac Young marchers with sons Johnathan, Nicolas, and Adam. “It marks the beginning of the holiday,” said Michael. “Everybody loves it.”

Temporary street closures and detours along the entire parade route and in the surrounding area led spectators to make alternative travel plans.

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