Eleven hamlets and three villages come together this weekend to celebrate the Town of Babylon’s sesquicentennial — or 150th anniversary.
On Jan. 27, 1872, residents of the old Town of Huntington voted to divide the area into two towns, and the Town of Babylon was born. This year marks 150 years since this monumental day and all 13 communities in the town will be represented this Sunday, Oct. 2, with a town-wide parade.
Marchers will step off at 2 p.m. on Dixon Avenue in Copiague, proceed south down Great Neck Road, turn west onto Montauk Highway, continue east and then head south on Baylawn Avenue toward Tanner Park.
Onlookers can watch the parade anywhere along Great Neck Road. Once at Tanner Park, participants and spectators are welcome to join the Parks Department Fall Festival from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Participating communities include Amityville Village, Babylon Village, Barrier Beaches, Copiague, Deer Park, East Farmingdale, Lindenhurst Village, North Lindenhurst, North Amityville, North Babylon, West Babylon, Wheatley Heights and Wyandanch.
Check back in with greaterbabylon.com for updates on the parade.
Watch the video below of the current Babylon Town Board reenacting the first-ever meeting of the original Town Board, which was held on April 2, 1872, at the American House hotel in Babylon.
Top photo: The Town of Babylon’s 100th anniversary parade in 1972. (Source: The parade’s registration page.)