St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17, 2012 and New Yorkers are ready to celebrate until they turn green. There are plenty of parades on and around Long Island for a family-friendly way to enjoy the Irish holiday. Get in the spirit with green shirts and four-leaf clovers painted on your faces and enjoy the beautiful spring-like weather that has already spread across the area. Don’t forget your camera!
Saturday March 10, 2012
- Bay Shore- Parade mass at noon, followed by the annual Bay Shore/Brightwaters St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 2 p.m. Mass will be held at the St. Patrick’s Church at 9 North Clinton Avenue. The parade will begin at Saxon Avenue and travel west along Main Street. Floats, singers, bands, clowns, and dancers.
Sunday March 11, 2012
- Huntington- Long Island’s oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 2 p.m. north of the Huntington Station along New York Avenue. Boasting a rich history of bringing Long Islanders together since the 1930s, this parade includes over 25 marching bands.
- Bayport/Blue Point- 22nd annual parade brings together these two communities and begins at 11:30 a.m. at Snedecor Avenue, continues to Blue Point Avenue, and then along Montauk Highway.
Thursday March 17, 2012
- New York City- Claiming to be the oldest and biggest in the world, this St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. on Fifth Avenue at 44th Street and continues to 86th Street. Full of bagpipes, bands, and brotherhood, the parade in New York City has been held since 1762 and is a traditional marcher’s parade, meaning that there are no floats or automobiles. It is televised and streamed on the web.
Saturday March 24, 2012
- Rockville Center- 16th annual parade begins at noon at the intersection of Long Beach Road and Maple Avenue. This parade not only celebrates St. Patrick’s Day, but also supports various charities each year. This year, the parade sponsors the Association for Children with Down Syndrome, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities, and the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.
Sunday March 25, 2012
- Montauk- 50th annual parade starts at Edgemere Road at 10 a.m. In addition to the regular parade festivities, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce will be serving hot clam chowder made by local restaurants.
- Patchogue- Parade begins at 2 p.m. on Main Street. Bagpipe bands, baton twirlers, floats, and marchers that include local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.