Pride in Port returns for 34th year celebrating community pride

Pride in Port returns for 34th year celebrating community pride
Some members of the Pride in Port organizing committee following a recent meeting. (Photo courtesy of Debbie Greco Cohen)

Pride in Port is returning Sept. 21-23 to celebrate 34 years of community pride in Port Washington.

Festivities kick off Sept. 21 with a girls volleyball game at 6:45 p.m.

Celebrations continue on Sept. 22 with a traditional Pride in Port pep rally at 2 p.m. on the Schreiber High School turf field. 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. that Friday along with boys volleyball at 6:45 p.m.

The full-day event will take place Sept. 23 kicked off by the annual Schreiber Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony & Breakfast, which will honor Schreiber alumni for their excellence in athletics.

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).

A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby. The awards ceremony will follow in the auditorium at 9 a.m.

The Pride in Port parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. after the award ceremony, featuring dozens of local organizations and every public school. The parade will start on Main Street near Belleview Avenue and end at Campus Drive.

The parade will be led by its grand marshals, the Nicholas Center Navigators, who are being recognized for their partnership with local non-profit agencies through various community service projects.

The newest Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will also be featured in the parade, riding in convertible cars in the procession.

Each school will also contribute a float for the parade to demonstrate its personal pride in Port.

After the parade’s conclusion, Family Fun Day will begin at 12:30 p.m. on the field inside the track. Festivities will include free rides and activities, some of which will cost a fee.

A cornhole tournament will commence at 3 p.m. on Seeber Field. Teams of children or adults and children can play to represent their elementary school, middle school house or high school team/club activity.

The winning elementary school, middle school house or high school club/team must win five cornhole sets.

Each cornhold game is $10 per team.

After the tournament, the field will host free line dancing and square dancing starting at 5:15 p.m. Participants can come in pairs or solo to be matched up with a dancing partner.

For the first time, the Family Fun Day will include a food court with food trucks and booths. The food court will be open from noon until 6 p.m. in the parking lot between Weber’s multi-purpose room and the track.

Schreiber High School’s homecoming football game against Hempstead High School will begin at 2 p.m.

Senior citizens are eligible for a free luncheon and bingo in the Schreiber cafeteria. Individuals can call 883-6656 to reserve a spot at the luncheon.

Bus transportation will be provided for seniors by the Town of North Hempstead from the Port Washington Adult Activities Center parking lot at 80 Manorhaven Blvd. The bus will also stop at Landmark on Main Street to the parade before arriving at Schreiber for the luncheon.

The Pride in Port committee thanks all of the sponsors and volunteers who help make this event possible.

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