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Date: Monday, June 11, 2001
Release # 198-01

Contact: Sunny Mindel / Lynn Rasic (212) 788-2958
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Nearly 50,000 Children and Adults Are Expected to Participate in Parade

Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani today proclaimed June 16th, 2001 Evangelical Christian Children's Parade Day in New York City. Established 43 years ago by the Evangelical Children's Association, the parade honors the importance of children to the future of this City and their involvement in the community.

Joining the Mayor were the Reverend Luis Serrano, President of the Evangelical Children's Association and the Reverend Ruben Diaz, 1st Vice President of the Evangelical Children's Association.

"I want to thank all the organizers of the Evangelical Christian Children's Parade for continuing a tradition that celebrates our future and our most precious resource - our children," the Mayor said. " This parade reminds all of us that children must have strong moral and spiritual guidance to lead happy, healthy and productive lives. The parade is a reflection of the community's desire to encourage and support children, helping to make it possible for them to lead healthy and productive lives."

Evangelical churches and religious organizations throughout New York City and other eastern cities support and march in the parade. This year's parade will take place on Saturday, June 16th, beginning at noon at Third Avenue and East 97th Street, proceeding up Third Avenue, and culminating at 119th Street and Park Avenue. The reviewing stand will be located at Third Avenue between 117th and 118th Streets. Bands from 40 Evangelical churches and organizations will participate, and accompanying floats will pause to depict scenes from the Bible in front of the reviewing stand.