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Cathryn and Tyler Casesi, left, Mary and Charlie Leschinski and Jessica Gregorio were dressed for last Saturday’s occasion — the annual Easter Parade, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores.
The sun was shining on residents, members of the Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores and the Easter Bunny on Saturday when they gathered downtown to celebrate an annual spring tradition: the Easter Parade.
With warmer temperatures prompting families to leave their homes and enjoy holiday festivities, scores of residents participated in the parade, which is sponsored by the chamber. Members of the organization said there was plenty of fun had by residents, and local businesses did their part to make the celebration a success.
Residents participating in the parade met at 11:45 a.m. at the Bellmore Fire Department headquarters on Pettit Avenue, where children received plastic Easter eggs filled with candy from the chamber. Bellmorites of all ages posed for group photos before the parade began, showing off their Easter bonnets and holiday-themed attire.
When the clock struck noon, the Easter Bunny, chamber members and elected officials led the group up Bedford Avenue through Bellmore’s downtown area. The parade ended at Oak Street – but the celebration wasn’t over yet.
Parents were able to snap photos of their children with everyone’s favorite rabbit in a spring-themed setting at the end of the parade route. Chamber officials said the owners of Island Greenery, which is located on Bellmore Avenue, provided the set-up.
Children also received coupons for free ice cream cones from the owners of International Delight Café. The owners of another Bedford Avenue business — Nancy the Cupcake Lady, — gave the youngsters coupons for free cupcakes as well.