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Town Kicks Back for 'Harrison Day' Celebration

HARRISON, N.Y. – It seemed as though every Harrison resident showed up Monday when the town hosted its annual It's Great to Live in Harrison Day celebrations in conjunction with Columbus Day. The festivities started on Sunday but hit a high point Monday with a downtown parade and ceremony.

The parade and Ma Riis Park festival were organized by the Harrison Recreation Department. It was the first festival arranged under the leadership of Gerry Salvo as new recreation superintendent.

"We did everything we could to make sure everyone could enjoy this event," Salvo said.

Harrison groups and businesses filled Ma Riis Park alongside food vendors, creating a carnival-like atmosphere. Harrison groups including the Japanese community, New York Dance , Harrison Emergency Medical Services, and others paraded down Halstead Avenue as residents lined the streets to celebrate their town.

Salvo said the parade and festival took a lot of planning, but went smoothly with much thanks to the sunshine and pleasant temperatures.

As part of the It's Great to Live in Harrison ceremony, Salvo and town officials honored the late Clerk Joe Acocella by presenting his family with his citizen of the year award .

Send us your photos from the It's Great to Live in Harrison weekend at Tell us what you thought of the festivities in the comments below.

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