Pride in Port makes triumphant return

Pride in Port makes triumphant return
Cheerleaders at Friday's Pride in Port 2022 Pep Rally. (Photo courtesy of the Port Washington School District)

A crisp fall day served as the backdrop for the 33rd annual Port in Pride Saturday.

A slew of events built upon one another to create a memorable day. These included the parade, Schreiber High School’s homecoming football game and the “Taste of Port Washington” Dinner Dance.

Some people, however, got a head start on the celebrations as Schreiber conducted its first Pride in Port Pep Rally since 2019 Friday. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, performances by the cheerleaders and tug-of-war matches symbolized the ongoing return to normalcy.

On Saturday, the day’s events began with the annual Hall of Fame ceremony and breakfast. The new inductees included Caitlin Fitzpatrick (2006), Jacqueline Hehir (2004), Timothy Langton (1992), James McKenna (1975), Stephen Shackel (service award for 35 years of coaching numerous sports and levels) and Norman Taylor (1956).

Later, residents and groups marched in the parade. Decked out in Schreiber High School blue and white, marchers began on Main Street and ended on Campus Drive. Their floats, which ranged from a Monopoly game board to a Viking ship, demonstrated creativity and enthusiasm.

The parade’s 11 grand marshals were all family-run companies. All of them have been active in Port Washington for three or more generations.

At the football game, the Vikings improved to a 3-0 record with their 14-7 victory over Uniondale.

During the halftime ceremony, Councilmember Mariann Dalimonte and the Town of North Hempstead recognized Schreiber wrestling coach Anthony Schettino for his induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

A fourth-generation Port Washington resident, Schettino has been the wrestling coach at Schreiber High School for the past 31 years. He has also overseen and coached the PYA wrestling program for over 20 years. Because of his induction, Oct. 1 was declared a special day of recognition.

The “Taste of Port Washington” Dinner Dance began in the Polish-American Hall at 7 p.m. The Port Washington Parent Council Board was this year’s Community Honoree.

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