Only once has the annual Pride in Port celebration been canceled due to weather, but it will be forced to do so a second time due to forecasted rain Saturday – the day of the planned festivities.
The Pride in Port Committee said in a statement that they decided Friday morning to cancel all events except the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
All canceled events will not be rescheduled.
The Nassau County Office of Emergency Management will be monitoring Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen, which is expected to hit the North Shore in the early hours of Saturday morning. The storm is forecasted to bring heavy rainfall, strong wind gusts, minor coastal flooding and rough surf/rip currents.
The athletic events and the Schreiber High School football game against Hempstead High School will still be held Friday.
Girls varsity soccer will begin playing at 4 p.m., followed by a boys varsity soccer game at 7 p.m.
Girls tennis will also compete at 5 p.m. along with boys volleyball at 6:45 p.m.
Festivities kicked off Thursday night with a girls volleyball game at 6:45 p.m. against Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School. The Vikings fell to the Hawks 3-0.
Friday celebrations will continue with a traditional Pride in Port pep rally at 2 p.m. on the Schreiber High School turf field.
The Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, with breakfast served in the lobby 30 minutes before it begins.
This year’s inductees are Patrick Badolato (Class of 1980), Patrick Doyle (Class of 1982), Jeff Froccaro (Class of 2009), John “Jack” Gibbons (Class of 1960), Stephanie Joannon (for service, 1979-2022) and Angela Matinale (Class of 2007).
Of the canceled events Saturday are the Pride in Port parade, which was to feature the Nicholas Center Navigators as its grand marshals.
Following the parade was a Family Fun Day on the field inside the track, which has also been canceled.
Pride in Port will return next year for its 35th annual celebration.