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The 46th annual Ragamuffin Parade in Bay Ridge

Great turnout at annual parade despite overcast afternoon

Brooklyn Daily

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Bee happy: Elizabeth Powers, 2, of Bay Ridge shows off her awesome costume at Saturday’s Ragamuffin Parade.
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Pink pup: Delyla Crespo, 1, of Bay Ridge is beyond happy to be at the parade dressed as a pink pooch.
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Going wild: Andy Mullaney of Bay Ridge brought his safari animals, 6-year-old Molly and 1-year-old Leo, to Saturday’s Ragamuffin Parade.
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Clownin’ around: Bay Ridge’s Aya Beydoun and Isabella Esposito went all out for this weekend’s pre-Halloween costume bash.
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What a card!: Eight-year-old Chloe Lewis of Prospect Heights came to the parade as Miss Metrocard.
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Show your moves: Angelia Lubrano, 7, dances with her troupe down Third Avenue.
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Cheering on: McKinley High School sent out its pom-pom squad to march in the Ragamuffin Parade on Sept. 29.

Bay Ridge kids defied gray skies and came out in the thousands dressed as butterflies, bees, lions, and more for a beloved neighborhood tradition.

Pre-Halloween costumed kids stepped off for the 46th annual Ragamuffin Parade on Saturday, and marched down Third Avenue from 76th to 92nd streets.

Parade organizer and spokesman Ted General said he was impressed with both the number of families that came out for the event and with the originality of the children’s outfits — many of which were homemade.

“I’m simply amazed at how well-attended it was,” General said, estimating that some 2,500 kids were part of the cavalcade, and adding that organizers nearly ran out of prizes to give all of them. “There were quite a few great costumes.”

General noted that Visitation Academy — whose headmistress Arlene Figaro led the fanfare alongside parade committee “Man of the Year,” businessman John Abi-Habib — had one of the largest delegations of students, though he added several other schools had strong showings, too.

“We had a very large turn-out, and it was a great day for the kids,” General said.

The tradition has come a long way since the late Reverend James McKenna suggested Bay Ridge kids dress up in their parents’ old clothes and circle the block of Our Lady of Angels Church at the corner of 73rd Street and Fourth Avenue.

“It’s grown leaps and bounds,” said General, noting that the parade has now become a full-fledged costume contest with a much longer route.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at (718) 260–4507 or e-mail him at wbredderman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/WillBredderman

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