Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day Parade, May 30, 1895, v1972.1.1109; Photography Collection; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Memorial Day Parade, May 30, 1895, v1972.1.1109; Photography Collection; Brooklyn Historical Society.

This photo, by Brooklyn photography studio E. Van Altena & Co., was taken at the intersection of Bedford Avenue and Heyward Street, and shows Brooklyn’s Memorial Day parade. It is the longest continuously-run Memorial Day parade in the United States, and has happened every year since 1867.

According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the parade historically ran from Bedford Avenue to Eastern Parkway, terminating at Grand Army Plaza. Nineteen years ago, the parade was relocated to Bay Ridge. Visit the Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade website for more information about this year’s festivities, including a list of the community organizations, bands, and veterans’ groups that will be marching. The parade will start at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 30th at 89th Street and Third Avenue.

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