Huntington celebrates diversity

September 19, 2017 by  

Residents of the Huntington and Huntington Station area turned out recently to celebrate Huntington Awareness Day—Unity Festival 2017, according to an article on

The event is held to create and nurture a sense of community in Huntington Station, which is comprised of residents of many ethnicities.

Dolores Thompson, who lives in Huntington, was co-chairwoman of the 2017 festival, which she describes as an event that has been devised to “create more unity in the community” so that everyone’s accomplishments are recognized no matter their color, creed, or race.

Festivities started with a parade that went from Huntington High School to Stimson Middle School, marking a change in venue, since the rest of the day’s activities took place in the fields behind the school. In other years, the festival was held in the Long Island Rail Road station’s parking lot in Huntington Station.

The change met with mixed reactions. Some people preferred the parking lot at the LIRR station, while others liked using the fields, which had space for kids to play on the grass. Food vendors were available, a trailer full of video games was on site, and six bounce houses kept children entertained.

The Town of Huntington had an information booth where people could learn about the services offered by the town, and particularly the senior center.

Organizers can enhance events like this by using colorful banners to decorate the venue.