KISMET's JULY 4 PARADE '18
by Jean Wood 54 years ago son Sam continues the tradition
tributes to our service men: current and past
parade was the 54th year. Sam Wood's mom ran it for 40 years, Sam for 14.
had members from the USMC: Gunnery Sgt Shawn Hunkins, Sgt. Cory Robinson, and
of course our own Corporal Grady O'Halleran (Mom Karen “bursting” with pride).
Saoirse Ryan did a great job singing our national anthem. Kismet veterans
recently lost were remembered: WWII Dez McCarthy, WWII Walter Ulma, and Korean
War Jon "JW" Woods.
local Vietnam veterans were recognized with a custom one of a kind hat:
JackiBaker, Tom Doxsee, Rusty Phelan, Mike Makowsky, Phil Villacci, Art
Weinstein and Art Weisser. The only Vietnam vet that wasn't in attendance was
Larry "Murph" Bentsen. He passed away recently, but originally was to
be recognized along with the other locals. Any other Vietnam
veterans that consider themselves a part of Kismet can pick up one of these
hats at Sam Wood's office.
winner of the Best in Parade was the Arthur family with First Women on the
winner of the Most Creative was the float Kismet Candies.
winner of the Most Patriotic float was the float Umbrella 4th.
winner of the Most Topical was the Cole Kids with American Airline.
winner of the Most Historical was the Mallen family with Crossing the Delaware.
Grateful Dead Roan & Anna
Boogie Wonderland - Tess, Friends
Enzo Nauaro (Romanzi)
Wagon of Cheer winner:
Jackie (Nassau Co)
50-50: Irena (KGB) Bartender at
Scratch-Offs: Nick Petri
KLAW Bike: Theresa Diemer