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VIDEO: Brooklyn’s 113th Independence Day Parade hits Court Street

June 25, 2018 By Paul Frangipane Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle

For Brooklyn’s 113th annual Independence Day Parade on Saturday, the Knights of Columbus got rid of Court Street’s traffic and turned it into a patriotic mixture of entertainment for the people of Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens.

New York City’s oldest American Independence Day parade marched from Bergen Street to Fourth Place with color corps leading waves of bagpipers, percussionists, novelty cars and FDNY vehicles. With mostly local residents watching from the sidewalk, parents and their kids waved American flags as the parade passed.

The celebration began with mass and awards at Saint Paul’s Roman Catholic Church. James Finkel Sr. received the God & Country award while Donald Bailey Sr. was honored for community service.

The parade ended with free hot dogs and drinks while residents enjoyed a few more moments of the traffic-free street.

In various past years, the celebration had taken place in Park Slope, Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights before it landed on Court Street.

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