Written by Joseph Kellard and Rosemary Leonetti
Fresh off their performance in the Columbus Day parade in Manhattan, the Long Beach High School Marines Marching Band will take part in the City of Long Beach’s ceremony to mark the official reopening of the entire 2.2-mile boardwalk on Friday.
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The boardwalk is currently opened to the public in all areas except a one-block section, from Monroe to Long Beach boulevards, where tomorrow’s ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. and will include the LBHS band marching the entire length of the new boardwalk, from Neptune Boulevard to New York Avenue, the Long Beach School District told Patch.
City Manager Jack Schnirman, speaking at the West End Neighbors Civic Association meeting at the West End Community Center on Wednesday, said when he announced the ceremony: “Those of us here in the West End, we’ve had the enjoyment of having our piece [of the boardwalk] opened for a while now, but the rest will be opened Friday at three o’clock.”On Oct. 14, for the second consecutive year, the Marines marching band was chosen among a selected 126 bands to perform in the Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan. Band members, whose uniforms were ruined last year by Superstorm Sandy, sported dazzling new uniforms through the combined efforts of the Board of Education and the Friends of the Arts Sponsor a Marching Marine campaign. Students prepared for the performance under the guidance of band director Marino Bragino III and assistant band director Justin Marks.