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All Invited to ‘shape Up’ at Bushwick March Today

Sunnyside Flag Day Parade Next Sat.

Healthy living will be the focus of this year’s Bushwick Pride Parade, which will take place this morning (Thursday), June 6, while Sunnyside residents will celebrate Flag Day at their annual march on Saturday, June 15. Both events are scheduled to take place rain or shine.

‘Shape Up Bushwick’

Sponsored by Brooklyn Community Board 4, the march-themed “Shape Up Bushwick”-will begin at 10 a.m. sharp along Chauncey Street between Broadway and Bushwick Avenue.

Marchers of all ages will proceed north along Chauncey Street for two blocks before turning west onto Evergreen Avenue. After walking for eight blocks on Evergreen Avenue, the procession will turn north onto Weirfield Street.

Three blocks later, the parade will conclude at Irving Square Park, located at the corner of Weirfield Street and Wilson Avenue. All are invited to join in a host of free fitness programs including yoga, aerobics and zumba. Healthy snacks will be provided to children.

For more information, please contact Brooklyn Board 4 at 1-718-628-8400.

Today’s march coincides with Brooklyn-Queens Day, a public school holiday in both boroughs. It was previously celebrated locally as Anniversary Day, a commemoration of the founding of the first Sunday schools at Protestant churches on Long Island in 1816.

The last Anniversary Day Parade in Ridgewood took place in 2009.

Flag Day in Sunnyside

Old Glory will be proudly waved by many participants in the Sunnyside Flag Day Parade organized by the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside and Woodside set to take place on June 15 at 11 a.m.

The festivities will begin from the corner of Greenpoint Avenue and 41st Street. The participants-which will include the Sunnyside Drum Corps, other marching bands, community groups, elected officials and local school students-will head east along Greenpoint Avenue to 48th Street.

A memorial service for fallen veterans at Sabba Park, located at the corner of Queens Boulevard and 49th Street, will mark the parade’s conclusion.

Flag Day-a day to commemorate the Continental Congress’ approval of the American flag’s design in 1777-will be celebrated nationwide the day before the parade on Friday, June 14. President Harry Truman officially recognized the holiday in signing a 1949 bill.

Sunnyside, which held its first Flag Day Parade in 1969, is considered to be one of a handful of communities in the country which marks the holiday with a parade.

For additional information, call the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club at 1-718-784-2468.

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