Floral Park and Garden City Welcome Return of Annual Belmont Festival  


Elmont to Host 2011 Belmont Stakes Parade on June 4

Floral Park and Garden City will celebrate the final leg of the Triple Crown with the return of the Belmont Festival on Friday, June 10. Each village will hold its annual celebration honoring the Belmont Stakes on the eve of its 143rd running.

The Garden City Belmont Festival will take place on Seventh Street from 6-10 p.m. and will feature entertainment, live music, family-friendly activities and a chicken wing contest. Local restaurants wishing to participate in the “Wing Off” can contact Tim Peeples at 516-459-3740.

The Garden City Belmont Festival is sponsored by the Village of Garden City and The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA). For more information or to participate in the Garden City Belmont Festival contact Mary Dolan Grippo at 516-571-1936 or via email at mgrippo@nassauida.org.

The Floral Park Belmont Festival will take place on Tulip Avenue from 5-10 p.m. and will feature live music, traditional Irish dance performances and family-friendly activities. Festival-goers will get a taste of Floral Park as restaurants line the streets to offer culinary samples.

The Floral Park Belmont Festival is sponsored by the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce and NYRA. For more information about the Floral Park Belmont Festival, or to participate in any of its events contact Kathleen Duggan at 516-512-0459.

Belmont Stakes celebrations will begin June 4 when Elmont hosts the 2011 Belmont Stakes Parade. It will begin at the Elmont Library at 10:30 a.m. and end at Belmont Park. The community will have its Belmont Festival/Community Day in the Marquee tent.

NYRA will provide regular updates on the third jewel of the Triple Crown on the official Twitter page of the Belmont Stakes: Twitter.com/BelmontStakes.

The page is updated whenever a news item, blog post, video or podcast is uploaded to the official website of the race: BelmontStakes.com.  NYRA will regularly update the page leading up to the 143rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million “Test of the Champion” on Saturday, June 11 at Belmont Park.

For more information about the Belmont Stakes and the Belmont spring meet, visit www.nyra.com.


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