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A parade for the ages: Bklyn Knights of Columbus stage 113th-annual 4th of July march

On beat: Musicians in the New Genesis Drumline banged their instruments as they stepped down Court Street.
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These stars and stripes really are forever!

Patriotic Brooklynites got a head start on their Fourth of July celebrations on Saturday while watching an annual Independence Day parade snake through Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens for its 113th-straight year.

And, as in marches past, the festivities featured a fleet of vintage hot rods and other vehicles that brought smiles to the faces of young spectators who caught them rolling by, according to a mom.

“My son Quincy loves the parade because of all the convertibles” said Emily Heller, who came out to the event with family and friends.

The cars joined a lineup that included musicians such as marching bands and bagpipers, members of New York’s Bravest, and military veterans, all of whom made their way down Court Street from Bergen Street to Fourth Place as part of the procession organized by Brooklyn’s Knights of Columbus Long Island Assembly 703.

But the parade’s biggest thrill was the sense of camaraderie it instilled in the crowd as it unfolded, according to another attendee, who said the continuing tradition is a testament to locals’ love for their home borough.

“Listening to the bands, seeing the firefighters in trucks drive by — all of it brings the whole community together,” said Danny Mendez, a self-proclaimed life-long resident of Kings County.

Updated 5:41 pm, July 9, 2018
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