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More than 150 years ago, Theodore Roosevelt -- the 26th President of the United States -- was born to a wealthy family that summered in Oyster Bay not far from the waterfront property that today bears his name. To honor his memory, community leaders organized a parade to celebrate his 125th birthday. The parade proved so successful that it provided the roots of what would become the Oyster Festival in 1983.
Today the Oyster Festival is a much-awaited annual event that consistently attracts approximately 200,00+ visitors from along the East Coast. Its continued success is due to the dedication of members of the Oyster Bay Rotary who are committed to this event year-round and to the members of the Long Island business community who sponsor the event.