Crowds Gather in Port Jefferson For Fire Department Parade

Parade and block party celebrate 125 years in the village for fire department.

Hundreds came out to watch the parade celebrating the Port Jefferson Fire Department's 125th Anniversary on Sunday. About 30 departments from across Long Island showed up with their oldest and newest equipment to show off the history of their individual departments.

“It’s absolutely incredible the brotherhood and sisterhood from the other departments,” First Assistant Fire Chief David Williams told Newsday. “We even had departments from Nassau and Connecticut want to celebrate with us.”

Other department members told Newsday that the area fire departments are a tight group and they support each other.

Read Newsday's full story here.

After the parade the department hosted a free block party complete with free food and drinks.

See some reader photos from the parade on Saturday in our gallery above. If you took any, feel free to upload your own.

george moraitis June 12, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Thank you to Lon Cohen & The Port Jefferson Patch and his crew for these photos for whose who could not be there....George Moraitis
george moraitis June 12, 2012 at 01:40 PM
ps....See ya at the 4th of July Celebration
diamond June 12, 2012 at 03:17 PM
A great parade and fantastic pictures thank you very much Diamond
Mels Ditties June 12, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Must have been lovely downtown...it was quite sad uptown!....All the little kids who live uptown came out to watch the parade...standing with their parents, waiting for the trucks and bands....but we got only 4 trucks and two bagpiper groups (who didn't even play)...Why?...Because instead of the parade actually running from the train station to the water (as advertised) it ran along North Country making a right turn onto Main and then downtown...Bypassing upper port....It's just wonderful to be included in village events (NOT!)
Yoo Bee June 13, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Yes, I was in Upper Port too. How sad for the kids up there. I had even been scolded the day before the parade by Code for not having read the signs and web postings when I questioned the NO PARKING signs posted at 7:00pm the night before. Of course there was nothing on the signs or the web about the parking situation. But of course, as usual, it made no difference since they decided to bypass us anyway. Must be nice to have a business in the "real" Port.
Sarah Mclibby June 13, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Looks as if Mayor Garant wants to sever Upper Port from the village alltogether and merge it with PJS.
george moraitis June 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Little people know or not...this area's children go to Comsewogue Schools...(up to North Country/Sheep Pasture Rd.)
Yoo Bee June 13, 2012 at 08:25 PM
So, George, what's your point? Because these children are Spanish/Dominican/Salvadoran they don't deserve to see the parade that was promised to them? Everybody understands that these kids were somehow sent to Comsewogue because they weren't wanted in Port Jeff schools. Obviously, you are a "lower" port resident so you don't understand the frustration of having a 11777 zip code and being treated like a second class citizen.
Yoo Bee June 13, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Gee, ya think??? LOL
george moraitis June 13, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I was raised all my 61 years of life in the PJS area and still here. Went to & grad. from Comsewogue Schools..so, don't consider me as a Pt. Jeff. 'Blue Blood'. Although, we have been in the area for 100 yrs. What I am saying that the 'Upper' Port Jeff area is in 'Limbo' with a 1777 zip code & 1776 school dist. It is to the 'Powers To Be' to fix this. The parade should have started from the track area.
george moraitis June 13, 2012 at 08:50 PM
ps....the Comsewogue School Dist / Pt. Jeff. School lines were drawn way back in 1854 when the school Dist.s separated.;(totally, by 1968). So, it had nothing to do of who lives where....


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