Because of that, it's becoming a must-visit for elected officials, especially those holding citywide office who want to make a holiday appearance before a large gathering of their Queens constituents.
And it's also becoming a must-march parade for those wishing to take their seats looking to get their name out there.
In addition to Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James, mayor hopefuls Paul Massey and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis could be spotted marching up Northern Boulevard across the Queens-Nassau border on Monday afternoon.
And they were marching right behind the man they hope to defeat this coming November, Mayor Bill de Blasio.
De Blasio doesn't need any help in the name recognition department, as there were few in the crowd who didn't notice our current mayor.
Which, for de Blasio, was part of the problem.
As the mayor approached the intersection of Marathon Parkway and Northern Boulevard, a rowdy group of parade watchers began to boo loudly, with one even yelling “Stick to the Puerto Rican Day Parade,” a reference to the mayor's decision to march in that annual parade on June 11, despite organizers intent to honor Oscar Lopez Rivera, a convicted terrorist.
Numerous elected officials, including de Blasio's constant adversary in Governor Andrew Cuomo, have pulled out of the parade, as have nearly all major sponsors.
Lopez Rivera, who was an active member of the group FALN that carried out several bombings in the city in the 1970s and 80s, will be honored with a National Freedom Hero award at the event.
Lopez Rivera served 35 years in prison before having his prison sentence commuted by President Barack Obama.
In case you couldn't make it to the Little Neck-Douglaston parade on Monday, you can view a short video of de Blasio getting booed by visiting queensledger.com and heading to the Pol Position section.