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During the Huntington Station Awareness Day Parade, Chris (Credit: Steve Pfost)

During the Huntington Station Awareness Day Parade, Chris Rosen and wife, Linda, drive the grand marshal, Chris' brother Brad Rosen, with Brad’s son Jason, 8, down New York Avenue with Rolan Lella and Leandra Palermo, with Brad’s daughter Sasha, 10. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Awareness Day gathers Huntington community

The Huntington Station Awareness Day Parade is an annual event established three years ago by advocates who were tired of hearing a negative narrative about their Suffolk County community of 33,000 people.

The Huntington Blue Devil Marching Band marches down
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

The Huntington Blue Devil Marching Band marches down New York Avenue in Huntington Station during the Huntington Station Awareness Day Parade. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Spectators watch participants march down New York Avenue
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Spectators watch participants march down New York Avenue in Huntington Station during the Huntington Station Awareness Day Parade. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Beth Rowland, of Centerport, watches the Huntington Station
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Beth Rowland, of Centerport, watches the Huntington Station Awareness Day Parade with son Connor, 6, and husband, Bill. (Sept. 22, 2012)

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During the Huntington Station Awareness Day Parade, Chris
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

During the Huntington Station Awareness Day Parade, Chris Rosen and wife, Linda, drive the grand marshal, Chris' brother Brad Rosen, with Brad’s son Jason, 8, down New York Avenue with Rolan Lella and Leandra Palermo, with Brad’s daughter Sasha, 10. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Participants make their way down New York Avenue
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Participants make their way down New York Avenue in Huntington Station during the Huntington Station Awareness Day Parade. (Sept. 22, 2012)

A boy participates in the Huntington Station Awareness
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

A boy participates in the Huntington Station Awareness Day Parade -- on the back of a motorcycle in a procession along New York Avenue. (Sept. 22, 2012)

The Huntington Blue Devil Marching Band marches down
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

The Huntington Blue Devil Marching Band marches down New York Avenue in Huntington Station during the Huntington Station Awareness Day Parade. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Ferry Delva, 16, left, and Valerie Moisey, 15,
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Ferry Delva, 16, left, and Valerie Moisey, 15, raising signage above her head, march down New York Avenue with the Haitian Americans United for Change during the Huntington Station Awareness Day Parade. (Sept. 22, 2012)

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Color guard from the Walt Whitman High School
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Color guard from the Walt Whitman High School march down New York Avenue during the Huntington Station Awareness Day Parade. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Children from the Tri Community & Youth Agency
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Children from the Tri Community & Youth Agency march down New York Avenue during the Huntington Station Awareness Day Parade. (Sept. 22, 2012)

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