Joanne Ciociari, secretary for the club, said it is not too late for residents to help contribute to what has been a low fundraising year for the club.
“It costs a lot of money to run the parade,” Ciociari said. “It’s something the neighborhood has been doing for over 40 years. It would horrible not to have the parade.”
Tom Long, American Legion post commander and member of the Kiwanis Club, said he too looks forward to kicking off yet another parade on Metropolitan Avenue. The parade will start at the Legion, located at 107-15 Metropolitan Avenue, on Sunday, May 25, at noon.
“We’re a local parade,” Long said. “It’s the Forest Hills parade and I’m happy all the locals will be there, including the borough president.”
Long announced at the Kiwanis club’s bi-monthly meeting last week that bands this year include the Russian Drum Corp., the Franklin K. Lane High School Marching Band, the Francis Lewis High School Marching Band, the All City High School Band, and the Sunnyside Drum Corps.
Lynn Stables Riding School will add a couple of horses and the FDNY will be there, as will the Queens Historical Society, the Forest Hills Ambulance Corps and more.
“There are probably a couple of checks still coming in,” Long said. “There are some expenses that still pop up. We give the veterans hamburgers and frankfurters, so there are food costs, but we should be just about there.”