Belmont Stakes celebrated with 16th annual Paul Sapienza Parade


While the 156th running of the Belmont Stakes was held in Saratoga Springs this year as Belmont Park undergoes renovations, neighbors throughout Elmont celebrated the historic horse race on June 1 with the 16th annual Paul Sapienza Belmont Parade.

The parade was led by grand marshals Anna and Vito Cortesiano, owners of Elmont Italian restaurant Salvatore’s of Elmont.

Many community members came out to march down Hempstead Turnpike earlier this month ahead of the race to celebrate their communal pride.

The Belmont Stakes is expected to return to Elmont in 2026 after renovations are completed at Belmont Park to modernize the venue. Upon the completion of renovations at Belmont, spectators will be able to access the infield at the park for the first time.