Bagpipes, horses, and marching bands marched on Saturday August 11 when The Point Lookout/Lido Beach Fire Departments hosted the annual 2nd Battalion Parade.
The parade stepped off at approximately 6:30 p.m. from the Point Lookout Ballfield and headed south to Ocean Blvd. before turning onto Parkside Drive and then up the main street of Lido Boulevard. The 2nd Battalion consists of seven Fire Departments in Nassau County: Baldwin, Freeport, Island Park, Long Beach, Oceanside, Point Lookout, Lido Beach and Atlantic Beach Rescue.
The annual 2nd Battalion Parade not only recognizes the volunteer service of the communities' first responders, but also the salutes their commitment and dedication to serving the public and keeping their communities safe.
After the parade, participants and spectators congregated at the Point Lookout Ballfield for a giant block party that featured international food, music, dancing and rides for the children.
The host town rotates every years, so Point Lookout will not see the 2nd Battalion Parade for another 6 years.
Nassau County Fire District 2nd Battalion Parade - 8.11.12
Lido Boulevard -- Point Lookout, New York
Ludwig Meyer & Lester Kappel
2012 Grand Marshals, 2nd Battalion Parade & Drill
The National 9/11 Flag Carried Down Lido Blvd
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