A vintage Kings Park firetruck led Saturday's homecoming parade with Kings Park Central School District admimistrators and board of education members waving to the hundreds who lined the parade route.
Starting at Memorial Park, clear blue skies were the backdrop for the annual parade which included floats and homecoming kings and queens for all four of the high school grades. The middle school and RJO children also partcipated walking behind their respective school banners. Kings Park Youth athletes and cheerleaders of all ages were also part of the pagentry.
Lauren Lenardi was the official Grand Marshal of the parade. Lenardi, a soccer player for the high school, is suffering from a rare form of cancer. The entire football team sporteddecals on Saturday.
Pat Going was on the sidelines, ready to cheer on her son Mike, kicker for the varsity football team.
"The homecoming parade is good old-fashioned fun and I get to see freinds as well," said Going.
A family of kickers, her son Joe is the punter for Buffalo State and her daughter Lauren is on the kickline team at SUNY Cortland. Both graduated from Kings Park High School.
Sdyney Tolken may have qualified for the youngest fan there. Only a few months old and barely able to walk, she sported a Kings Park Youth cheerleading outfit.
The Kings Park Athletic Booster Club booth was packed with customers waiting for hot dogs, cold drinks and snacks pre-game as the football team had their strategy meeting with their coaches Kevin Johnston and Marc O'Brien.
Before heading onto the field, the entire varsity team stopped for a moment of silence and touched the memorial headstone bearing the name of Frank Chicosky, former Kings Park football coach.
Fans filled the stadium for the victory over Rocky Point 42-0. Dominic Montemurro ran for 179 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries to lead the Kingsmen for their homecoming win.