Atlantic Avenue in Lynbrook resembled a fashion show runway on June 21 when seniors dressed to the nines paraded down the closed off street as part of the pre-prom festivities.
The event was organized by Polly Talbot, who began putting it together 15 years ago. Village officials and the Chamber of Commerce hosted it. “It went very well,” chamber President Carol Burak said. “It was a really beautiful night and well attended.”
Students walked through an archway from parking field 20 and entered Atlantic Avenue as parents and attendees frantically took photographs and cheered them on. Talbot also conducted interviews with each student about their future plans.
Burak said a lot of effort was put into organizing the event. The chamber sent letters to Mayor Alan Beach, the Lynbrook Police Department and to the high school in the beginning of May to raise awareness. The LPD then closed the street for an hour and a half, while the Department of Public Works helped with the set-up.
Local businesses also got involved, as F&L Deli & Catering, The Sweet Peace and A La Carte Cooking School volunteered.
“The kids were excited,” Burak said. “They were all decked out in their gowns and their tuxes.”
About 200 people participated in the parade and then attended the prom. The evening was capped with an event hosted by PTA moms at the Village Pool at 3 a.m., where students were given a safe place to celebrate and prizes such as a smart T.V. and a MacBook were raffled. The PTA set up food and All Island Transportation provided free taxis home.
Burak thanked all of the volunteers and local businesses for their help. “I know it’s really a hardship to close that street off,” she said of Atlantic Avenue. “It’s a one-way and the restaurants and everything were very, very cooperative and they all came through.”