Corporal Roland Scarinci, one of the Glenside Parade’s favorite performers and the oldest parade participant, recently celebrated his 100th birthday.
Corporal Roland, who plays the harmonica, received well-wishings from Bill Hall, the parade’s long-time coordinator:
“Abington Police Chief Patrick Molloy a few years ago recommended that Marine Corps veteran Roland Scarinci join Glenside’s Grand, Glorious, Patriotic Parade as a harmonic virtuoso. Thus, Mr. Scarinci, in his Marine Corps dress blue uniform, has been assigned a yearly spot in the opening phase of the march. Usually riding in a police car, he gets out of same at selected and announced locations & offers his harmonica version of our National Anthem, always to a rousing spectators’ response,” Bill said.
You can also check out this video of WMMR honoring Corporal Roland’s 99th birthday:
Photos courtesy of WMMR and Glenside Parade