Get your Irish on for St. Patrick’s Day
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The parade begins at 8.30 a.m. with mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral, a traditional Catholic service to bless the parade. Walkers congregate at 44th Street and move off at about 11 a.m., led by the “Fighting 69” (an Irish infantry division which dates back to the American War of Independence), followed by the Grand Marshall John (Jack) T. Aher, business manager and financial secretary of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30, and a member of Molloy College’s Board of Trustees.
The best viewing spots are at the north end of the parade route. To avoid the crowds that pack the sidewalks below 59th Street, go anywhere north of 66th Street and Fifth Avenue to watch the action unfold. For a good view, try sitting on the upper steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For more information, visit www.nycstpatricksparade.org.
Rockville Centre Parade
Now in its 18th year, Rockville Centre’s St. Patrick’s Day parade brings out south shore residents for a joyous homage to Irish traditions. The Rockville Centre Parade Committee’s motto, “The Parade That Cares and Shares, “ reflects its commitment to not just only celebrating the community’s Irish heritage, but giving back. This year, the parade will raise funds for New Ground, the Angelman Syndrome Foundation and the Nassau County Feis Committee.
With Grand Marshal Sean O’Rourke, a longtime Rockville Centre resident and president of Coast-Line International Distributors Ltd, at the helm, the parade steps off at noon, on Saturday, March 22, at the corner of Maple Avenue and North Long Beach Road. As reported in last week’s Herald, the parade route has changed this year due to construction on Maple Avenue. This year’s parade will head north off Maple Avenue to Grand Avenue, before turning south to finish on Washington Street, just past St. Agnes Cathedral — its traditional end point. For more information on the Rockville Centre parade, visit www.rvcstpatrick.com.
Glen Cove Parade