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New Rochelle Residents Chow Down Before Parade

Residents of New Rochelle gathered to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with a pancake breakfast before the big parade.

New Rochelle residents of all ages came together at New Rochelle High School Saturday to enjoy pancakes and get excited for the 49th Annual Valenti-New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade. 

This event was held right before the parade so residents had the chance to fuel up for upcoming activities going on later in the day.

This family friendly event not only allowed residents to get together to celebrate the upcoming holiday but also to benefit The New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence to which all the proceeds went.

The New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence is a non-profit organization that funds educational programs at the local New Rochelle schools.

Executive Director Susan Weisman of the program states that,

“This event has been very successful,” said fund Executive Director Susan Weisman. “It brings the community together and is an uplifting experience. We have the opportunity to raise awareness about our organization to the community and it is a great way to start off the holiday weekend.”

This pre-parade breakfast has been going on for 15 years, but some residents have just recently found out about it.

New Rochelle resident Mayra Aguilar and her children have been attending for only two years but have enjoyed every time they have gone and plan on going to this event every year from now on.

“My children attend Columbus Elementary School in New Rochelle,” Aguilar said, “and this event allows my children and I to meet and socialize with other families from different schools.”

There was a successful turnout of families and residents who came to enjoy their $5 pancake breakfast, and even New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and the City Council members had the chance to socialize with the New Rochelle community.

Bramson and his family have been attending this event since it first started up and couldn’t have been happier with the turnout this year.

“This breakfast is a great event,” he said. “It really gets the community involved and everyone excited for the upcoming holidays ahead. I am here to mingle with the community of New Rochelle, but more importantly, I am here as a dad with my children.”

See New Rochelle Patch's video of parade highlights by clicking here.

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