KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Grand Marshal Michael DeNicolo, left, during Saturday’s parade.
Flanders Fire Department commemorated its 65th anniversary with a parade and party Saturday afternoon.
Dozens of fire departments from as far away as New Jersey joined in the celebratory parade, which made its way up Flanders Road from Longneck Boulevard to the Big Duck Ranch.
Two longtime members of the Flanders Fire Department were honored at the parade. Michael DeNicolo, who has 65 years with the department, and David Fox, who has been with the department for 48 years, both acted as Grand Marshals.
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Artist Richard Anderson was commissioned to carve this tribute to Flanders’ bravest in a tree in Sue Mastelli’s front yard. The Flanders Fire Department will have a parade and party Saturday for its 65th anniversary.
Flanders Road will be closed to traffic for two hours Saturday afternoon while the Flanders Fire Department commemorates its 65th Anniversary with a parade and party.
The parade will start at 3 p.m. on Longneck Boulevard and will go west to the Big Duck Ranch, and the public is invited to a party immediately afterwards at the adjacent Flanders Men Club, said Flanders Fire District Commissioner Mike Spano.
“We’ll be honoring two longtime members and former chiefs, Michael DeNicolo and David Fox,” he said. The two will serve as grand marshals of the parade.
Mr. DeNicolo, with the department for 65 years, joined during the department’s first year of operation, when he was 18. His father was a founding member. Mr. Fox has 48 years with the department.
Flanders Road will be closed to traffic between Red Creek Road and Huntington Lane from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, and residents in the area have been given notice of the closure in advance, Mr. Spano said.
About 20 other fire departments will be in the parade from as far away as New Jersey and upstate New York.
The celebration party after the parade at the Flanders Men Club will feature free hot dogs, soda, music, a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle.
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Cutchogue firefighters march past the Jamesport Fire Department carnival.
Hundreds crowded along Main Road Wednesday evening to watch the annual Jamesport Fire Department parade.
The parade, part of the department’s yearly carnival, featured firefighters and ambulance volunteers from across the North Fork, including departments from Riverhead, Southold, Greenport, Flanders, and Wading River.
The carnival, which offers rides, games, and fried Oreo cookies, will be open through Saturday, concluding with a grand finale fireworks display.