GENERALLY SPEAKING: Bay Ridge’s Supersized Weekend
Thousands came from southwest Brooklyn and beyond for a whopperof a weekend of fun and entertainment presented on Saturday, by the45th annual Children’s Ragamuffin Parade, and on Sunday by themassive Third Avenue Festival sponsored by the Merchants of ThirdAvenue.
Even Mother Nature cooperated big time, with sunny skies,holding off with a light shower until the parade ended. Among thehighlights of the Ragamuffin Parade was the stellar performance bythe Fort Hamilton High School championship marching band which willbe leading the annual Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade up on 18thAvenue also known as Christopher Columbus Boulevard, from 60th to84th Street, on Saturday, October 8, kicking off at 1 p.m.
Another big hit at the parade were Mickey and Minnie Mouse andof course, Jolly Old St. Nick — but aboard a pickup truck with sunglasses no less! Com’on guys, bring back the long tradition thatgenerations of Ragamuffin participants fondly remember of Santariding high on top of a bright red fire engine courtesy of theFDNY.
Parade Grand Marshal Christina Tettonis led theparade along with Ellen Kane, wife of the late TomKane