The month of March brings with it one of the most celebrated ethnic holidays around. On March 17th, most everyone dons the green and becomes Irish for the day, and towns across the Island are putting on their Irish best for traditional and always fun St. Patrick’s Day Parades spanning three weekends this month. Here’s a rundown of some of the many parades happening this month:
Saturday, March 9th
Bay Shore- Brightwaters St. Patrick’s Day Parade
This annual event kicks off with a special parade mass at noon at St. Patrick’s Church on North Clinton Avenue in Bay Shore, with a special performance by the Hibernian Festival Singers. The parade follows t 2PM at Saxon Avenue in Bay Shore and finishes at the reviewing stand in front of St. Patrick’s Church on Montauk Highway. The Grand Marshall for this year’s event is John Cochrane, Sr. and the parade includes bagpipe bands, Fire Department bands, brass bands, horses, antique cars, floats, clowns, and more. Trophies are awarded for the best floats and bands.
Westhampton Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade
This annual event is one of the island's most festive, with classic cars, floats, marching bands and plenty of other festivities. This year's 46th Annual event begins at noon in downtown Westhampton Beach.
Sunday, March 10th
78th Annual Huntington St. Patrick’s Day Parade
One of Long Island's longest and oldest St. Patrick's Day parades begins just north of the Huntington train station on New York Ave. and concludes in front of St. Patrick’s School on Main St. at 2 p.m. This event bills itself as Long Island’s longest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, attracting up to 50,000 spectators each year to the Village of Huntington and its marvelous restaurants, shops, and pubs. The parade begins at 2 p.m.
Bayport-Blue Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade
This annual event is one of the biggest events of the year in the two South Shore towns. Drawing approximately 25,000 spectators, the Blue Point-Bayport Chamber of Commerce hosts a spectacular afternoon full of bagpipe and Irish bands, food, and a whole lot of fun following the parade. The route begins at 11:30AM from Snedecor Ave. to the corner of Blue Point Avenue and Montauk Highway.
Knight's of Columbus St. Patrick's Day Parade, Ronkonkoma
Legislator John M. Kennedy is the Grand Marshall at this 23rd Annual event in Ronkonkoma. The parade begins at the corner of Portion and Patchogue-Holbrook Roads and winds down towards Hawkins Avenue and Church Street where the route ends at St. Joseph's Church.
Saturday, March 16
St. James St. Patrick's Day Parade
The St. James holiday parade takes place at 1 p.m. along Lake Ave. and includes antique cars, floats, dancing, marching and pipe bands, and a whole lot more.
Sunday, March 17th
Miller Place – Rocky Point 61st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The 63rd Annual Miller Place-Rocky Point St. Patrick's Day Parade is a fun-filled afternoon of Irish heritage. The parade begins at 1PM at the corner of Rte. 25A and Harrison Avenue in Miller Place and winds its way down 25A to its finishing point at Broadway and Prince Rd. in Rocky Point.
Montauk Friends of Erin St. Patrick's Day Parade
This 51st Annual Parade kicks off at 11:30 a.m. at Edgemere Rd. and concludes at the end of Main Street. This "joyous and festive" celebration includes chowder served by local eateries and a special souvenir mug.
25th Annual Glen Cove St. Patrick's Day Parade
The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Glen Cove is the city's largest annual celebration, and it takes place on St. Paddy's Day at 1 p.m. at the Finley School on Forest Ave. and winds through downtown Glen Cove towards St. Patrick's Church.
Patchogue’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Patchogue's St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. on Rte. 112 and Main St. and concludes at West Ave. The fun event features pipe bands, floats, twirlers, dancers and much more.
Saturday, March 23rd
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Rockville Center
Grand Marshall Thomas Glynn kicks off this year’s festivities at 12PM on Sunrise Hwy. in Rockville Center. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee dedicates itself on “promoting Irish heritage and culture, family and patriotic values; promoting and financially supporting three charities (National, Irish, and Rockville Center); and contributing to the good and welfare of the residents and businesses of Rockville Center.”
Hampton Bays St. Patrick's Day Parade
Grand Marshall Sister Kathryn Schlueter presides over this year's festivities, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Hampton Bays Elementary School on Ponquogue Ave. The parade route continues on to Montauk Highway and concludes at the Hampton Atrium parking lot.
Sunday, March 24th
Brentwood St. Patrick's Day Parade
The very last parade happens on Sunday, March 24th at Clarke Street in Brentwood. Maria J. Scott leads this annual celebration down Washington Avenue to Memorial Park, beginning at 1 p.m. sharp.
As with any parade, be wary of traffic and parking limitations. Due to the high interest in these types of events, visitors should plan to get to the sites early in order to have a good view of the parade. Have fun and dress green!