It may have rained, enough to cancel the Yankee game, but it didn't rain hard enough to damper the spirits enough to cancel the Bronx Week Parade, Food and Music Festival today on Mosholu Parkway. While some people and a few elected officials stayed away in drier places, there still were over 1,000 proud Bronxites who marched in the Bronx Week Parade on Mosholu Parkway, and then enjoyed the Food and Music Festival. The Parade was co-hosted by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and NY 1 Bronx reporter Dean Meminger.
The Bronx Week Parade started off with the NYPD and NYFD, then came the marchers as the three Bronx Walk of Fame honorees arrived at the viewing stand. Famous actress Ellen Barkin, former NY State Attorney General and Bronx BP Robert Abrams, and musician Miguel Angel Amadeo then went onto the stage to watch the rest of the Bronx Week Parade. As was the case in last years parade the theme again this year was all about the children and their future.
Parade highlights - The "Dynamic Duo" of BP Diaz and NY 1 reporter Dean Meminger, The Bronx Young Democrats, The fact that this event started under then Bronx BP Robert Abrams as "Bronx Day", Councilman Joel Rivera's Chief of staff marching four different times in the parade as was noted by BP Diaz, and of course the hundreds of children marching and performing.
Right - The 52nd Precinct Explorers came next.
Left - Then came the dancers with Chief of staff to Councilman Joel Rivera Albert Alvarez (holding the umbrella).
Right - And the Martial Arts exhibition.
Left - Students from PS 94 in Norwood.
Right - The PS 211 Marching Band.
Left - More dancers and yes that's Albert Alvarez again who marched a total of four different times in the parade.
Right - Walk of Fame Honoree Robert Abrams (left), Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson (center), And Councilman Andy King (right)