STATEN ISLAND (FOX5NY) - It was a beautiful day for a parade organizers call the oldest of its kind in America. The parade route in Travis, Staten Island is a slice of good ol' Americana. The street was lined with red, white and blue.
“I've lived here my whole life, so it means everything to me. This is the best time to be in Travis,” said Lisa Anderson, Travis resident.
The sounds of freedom rang through the neighborhood as it was a time where celebrating our freedom is what truly mattered.
The crowd picked up on two guests attending, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his Republican challenger, Nicole Milliotakis.
“Someone just asked me how is it that Mayor de Blasio and Nicole Milliotakis are both running against each other, yet they’re both here. We don't do political, we don't do politics here, it's a parade and we're just having fun. That's all matters,” said Mary Lu Hayes, Parade co-chair.
Mayor Bill de Blasio participated in the parade, and greeted the borough, but didn’t take any questions.
Parade organizers said about 4,000 people participated in the parade.
For the people who live there, this parade is generational, and it’s a parade that has been going on for 107 years.