Tucked away on the west side of the small town of Broad Channel in the middle of Jamiaca Bay is a narrow, dead end, street that goes by the name of West 12th Road. Those of us who live there know that the nice part about living in a small town is that when you are not quite sure what is going on, someone else always does!
[Peter J. Mahon West 12th Road, Broad Channel]
Photos By Vanessa VasquezThe Broad Channel Mardi Gras Parade punctuated yet anotherLabor Day weekend, bringing an old tradition full of celebration to the community.
The family-friendly parade began at 11 a.m. on Sept 5, as locals marched from Cross Bay Boulevard along West 10th Road, and ended up at the Broad Channel Athletic Field, where the real party started!
Broad Channel keeps this tradition going with uplifting Mardi Gras spirit every September, raising money for community organizations that work hard all throughout the year.
The money raised from the Mardi Gras festivities alternate, every year, between the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and the Broad Channel Athletic Club (BCAC). This year the BCVFD will benefit.
This year’s Mardi Gras events were organized by the Little Rascals—a committee of local mothers, who have been working all summer to help raise money for the “Vollies.”
Although the adults raised the money, the children are the ones who brought the parade to life and stole the spotlight.
Despite weather warnings all weekend, the day turned out to be another beautiful Mardi Gras parade in Broad Channel.