by Tony Farina
Thanks to the tireless efforts of Niagara Falls Councilmen Kenny Tompkins and Ezra Scott Jr., the Niagara Falls Memorial Day Parade will launch the holiday weekend on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at City Market and continue down Pine Avenue, eventually concluding at the Niagara Falls Veterans Memorial where a ceremony will be held.
There was a brief moment last March when reports surfaced that due to a lack of city funding, there would be no Memorial Day Parade this year. Fortunately, Tompkins, Scott, and retired City Court Judge Angelo Morinello stepped forward with Morinello becoming the parade’s prime sponsor. Many others also stepped forward as well, and the parade has been re-christened the Community Memorial Day Parade.