MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Linda Anderson returned to her old home to watch the Town of Mamaroneck's 350th anniversary parade, which was highlighted for her by two-year-old Liam Collins marching with his father, town fire chief Brendan Collins.
"My heart is in the Village of Mamaroneck, and the town," said Anderson, who lived in the village and worked in the Larchmont Department of Public Works for 29 years, before moving to Harrison.
Liam marched with gusto as he, his sister Molly, 4, and father led the Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department in the parade, which began at the Central School Parking Lot and ended at Memorial Park. Liam and Molly joined their father halfway through the procession.
"It's very nice to celebrate our town's birthday," said Orsola Vecchione, who watched from the corner of Chatsworth Avenue and Myrtle Boulevard with her children Mark, 8, and Daniella, 6. "It's a once in a lifetime celebration."
Down the street, the celebration continued with a picnic at Memorial Park from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. where families gathered for food and entertainment, including Zumba dancers and a historical slideshow. Several dignitaries spoke, but, at the suggestion of Valerie O'Keeffe, town supervisor, kept it short and sweet.
The commanders of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legions from all three municipalities marched together.
"I think its wonderful for us to have a veterans presence," said Burt Corwin, commander of VFW 1156, who added it is a great way to honor O'Keeffe, whose term ends in December.
O'Keeffe, along with officials from all three municipalities, sang Happy Birthday for the town at the picnic, which capped the weekend of events commemorating its founding in 1661.
A colonial stories and crafts program at the Larchmont Library kicked the festivities off Friday, followed by a softball game between the village and town fire departments. Saturday, there was a farmers market apple pressing, a commemorative river rock painting and Sheldrake Environmental Center tours and clean-up events .
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