KISMET CELEBRATES THE FOURTH
Annual Parade & Block Party
THE 4TH OF JULY PARADE
Photos by Sharon, Caroline Stern & Peter Schmidt
A veritable cornucopia of colorful kiddies in vehicles of all sizes frantically cobbled together by their parents while the kids are stuffed into costumes and exhorted to smile and wave to get the judge’s notice for a prize, Preceded by the boom of marching bands from Islip, Bayshore, Ocean beach, Saltaire besides our own KFD the crowds line the streets and cheer wildly as the floats go by. This scares the kids who try to hide or flee but are restrained by the people who should protecting them – their parents. Little Anna, Miss Sunshine was carefully taught to smile and wave regally and did so…up until the parade started. Then deadpanned the entire event. Then all 18 floats were herded into the hot area behind the firehouse competing with KFD & KLAW t-shirts and raffles, the smoky air of food grilling beer swilling, the competition in chaos. The military theme, Paradoz’ son in law in his beribboned coast guard uniform (his mother a WWII vet), plus local pride in our future Firefighters, the environment represented by Carolyn Stern carried a sign with the BP logo and BP worked into Black Plague with the number of days since it began and a tie between the oil spill by Pete and Company and BP I want My Life Back. Most poignant was the tribute float to our late Fire chief Tom Sitone by his and the Lambie family. Amid the cacophony the strains of God Bless America united the crowd in a stirring moment
Parents scrambling to finish float in time for parade
Ohhh I hear them coming……
Quick! Gotta keep up!
THE CROWD BUILDS IN ANTICIPATION
The National Anthem
And applause for Gracie W
Little Miss Sunshine
C’mon Anna – Smile & Wave for the judges the way we coached you
Here they come – c.mon SMILE!!!(Like us)
Good to get off that float at last
Brother Jack seems to enjoy it
The message is topical:
Ice cream business was good
One of Kismet’s finest……..mmmmmmmmmm!
It’s a Big Birthday Party USA! Have a cigar & some champagne
It was this big!
Can’t believe they kicked me off the truck!
SAM ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS
…and its done!
‘till next year…………..
JULY 4TH EAST LIGHTHOUSE BLOCK PARTY
WEST LIGHTHOUSE BLOCK PARTY, with 15 houses contributing the usual fare, the hosts ranged from Seabay to West Lighthouse it is still basically a “neighborhood party” said long time organizer Elliot of the Palace (dogs) BS (sangria) 7Seas (beer) J&JMcK & Rudy (patriotic jellop shots), Outback, 8 is Enuf, Sandy Toe (AKA Blue Chip) Holiday Isle. Beachcomber (renters kicked in) Fair Dinkum, BVT all contributed and the music by The Fugitives lasted till 10PM
The Fugitives played into the night till 10PM “It was a cozy neighborhood party” said Elliott.
Pictures by Sharon
Scott served the hot dogs like a pro
Joe serving the worst tasting jello shots
Sanctuary Dennis, CA Peter and Wes enjoying jello shots so much they ate the paper cups
Brown Sugars Jen serving the Sangria
The Fugitives kept the party going with their music
Ginnie Butler face painting with Skylar
Look everyone – we all got lei-ed!!!