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Smithtown marking 350th anniversary with parade

Main Street in Smithtown on Feb. 20, 2012.

Main Street in Smithtown on Feb. 20, 2012. Credit: Erin Geismar

Thousands are expected to participate in Smithtown's 350th anniversary parade on Saturday, which organizers say will include floats and marching bands.

The parade starts at noon on Main Street in Smithtown, beginning at Singer Lane, continuing past Town Hall and concluding near New York Avenue.

"We have over 2,100 people marching in the parade," said Pat Biancaniello, member of the Smithtown 350 Foundation -- a not-for-profit group that has planned events throughout the year to celebrate the town's 350th anniversary. "We have 70 organizations represented, including schools, businesses, churches, Boy and Girl Scouts and charitable groups."

Trophies will be awarded to the most creative and historic floats of the 16 floats scheduled to be in the parade, she said.

Richard Smith, mayor of the Village of Nissequogue and a descendant of town founder Richard Smythe, will be the grand marshal for the parade, Biancaniello said. Smith's family will march behind him.

Marie Sturm, who at 104 is Smithtown's oldest resident, and Christopher Granados, the first baby born in Smithtown after the town's 350th anniversary in March, will be featured in the parade, Biancaniello said.

Also expected to attend are Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, Smithtown Town Board members and various legislators.

Biancaniello said attendees are encouraged to wear historic garb for the celebration.

"The whole mission of the 350 Foundation has been to not only make people aware of Smithtown's rich history, but also invite and encourage people to be a part of Smithtown's future history," she said.

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