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Summarized by Kent Larsen

New York Stake Marches in NYC's Columbus Day Parade

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- For the third year in a row members of the New York, New York Stake, along with missionaries serving in there, marched in New York City's Columbus Day Parade. This year the stake earned the 20th spot and appeared in the television coverage of the parade.

More than 100 church members and missionaries carried flags representing 100 nations, as well as a banner announcing the parade entry, up Fifth avenue from 44th street to 59th street and then west along 59th street to Columbus Circle, a distance of more than a mile. The parade started at noon on Monday, October 9th, and the New York stake entry, in 20th place, started marching at about 12:20 pm. By 1:45 they had marched the length of the route. In 20th place, the New York Stake was only eight or nine spots behind New York Senatorial Candidate Hillary Clinton, which may have helped get the Church television exposure.

While the number of participants from the stake (as well as the stake's position in the parade) has increased each year, the marchers still did not carry all the 150 national flags available. According to Jamie Fairbairn of the New York New York Stake Public Affairs Committee, the stake plans to march again next year, and hopes to eventually carry all the flags. "We hope to get regional participation next year," said Fairbairn.


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