Parade to Return in 2010

New Rochelle’s annual Thanksgiving parade has been sponsored and organized for many years by the local Chamber of Commerce. Unfortunately, this year the Chamber was unable to secure the volunteer assistance necessary to oversee the parade and, consequently, opted to cancel the festivities.

Like many residents, I was disappointed by this outcome and am determined to renew a wonderful community tradition next year. Please be assured that the City will be working closely with the Chamber and other community leaders to ensure that the parade returns in 2010, better than ever. I also expect that next year’s parade will be held on a weekend to best accommodate the participation of students and school groups. John Valenti, the principal financial sponsor of the parade, has generously agreed to renew his commitment next year and beyond.