No rain on their parade

October 3, 2012 Denise Romano
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The skies were gray, but the rain held off for the 46th annual Ragamuffin Parade.

Hundreds of super heroes, princesses, witches and werewolves marched down Third Avenue on September 29 for the time-honored Bay Ridge tradition. Besides resident munchkins, local schools, NYC Tae Kwon Do, the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Baton Twirlers, the Fort Hamilton High School Marching Band, Engine 241, BRAVO and Ferrantino Oil participated in the parade, which was led by Grand Marshal Arlene Figaro and Person of the Year John Abi-Habib.

Alison Moran attended the parade for the first time with her sons Gavin, three and Liam, seven and a half months. “They slept through the last one,” she said. “It’s definitely nice for the little ones. Some of the costumes are creative.”

Michael McCormack said this is his 30th Ragamuffin Parade. “Now I am here with my son and my wife,” he said, “It’s good; a lot of costumes. Everyone is having a good time and the weather is good, so far. “

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Mary Beth Fadelici said she has been coming for at least 33 years. “You see a lot of people from the neighborhood,” she said. “It reminds you of old time Bay Ridge.”

But this was Bernadette Fritz’s second Ragamuffin Parade. Her 13-month-old daughter Emma was dressed as a skunk. “It’s a lot of fun; it’s wonderful,” she said. “I totally enjoy seeing all the kids, people and businesses in the community. Plus, where else can you see a dog dressed as a bumblebee?”

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