Thousands flock to the 47th Annual Ragamuffin Parade

A hot air balloon, a popcorn vendor, peacock, Indiana Jones and Ariel, the Little Mermaid, were just some of the characters that strolled down Third Avenue for the 47th annual Ragamuffin Parade.

Two police officers on horses and the Xaverian High School band led the way down one of Bay Ridge’s busiest thoroughfares, followed by this year’s Grand Marshal Karina Costantino, superintendent of Community School District 20 and Man of the Year, local activist Frankie Marra.

Kids of all ages from near and far came out to watch the hour-long parade under sunny skies.

Six-year-old Marielaina Ameno, a kindergartener at Holy Angels Academy, convinced her mom to take her for the very first time.

People dress up in costumes and I wanted to see, she said, dressed as Barbie, watching from from the sidelines. My favorite part is when they sing songs.

The Picaros are originally from Bay Ridge but now live in Staten Island. Despite the move, they haven’t missed a Ragamuffin Parade.

We come every year, said Louie Picaro, holding his two-year-old Ryan, dressed as a racecar driver. It’s great seeing all the kids and how the community comes together.

The costumes are awesome and the marching bands are the best, added Ridgeite Danielle C.

A group of friends and family from Sunset Park said that they make sure they come out every year.

Their favorite parts?

Seeing the cars! said Evan Rios,

Hanging out with family, said Isabella Guzman.

Having all the kids come together; it’s beautiful, concluded Lydia Vega.

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