St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching and that means it’s parade time! Bagpipe bands, festive floats and delicious, traditional Irish foods and drinks make St. Patrick’s Day parades great each year. Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so grab some buckled shoes and deck yourself out in green garb as you celebrate the foremost patron saint of Ireland!
Long Island St. Patrick’s Day Parades
St. Patrick’s Day parades start early this year! On Sunday, March 6, the Mineola parade will begin at Court House Drive and County Seat Drive in Garden City, and end at Jericho Turnpike and Willis Avenue in Mineola. Afterwards, join the Mineola Irish-American Society for some post-parade festivities including food, music and dancing.
On Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m., the Huntington parade steps off from New York Avenue, just north of the LIRR station, and finishes on Main Street at St. Patrick’s Church. The parade is organized by Huntington’s Ancient Order of Hibernians and will honor Grand Marshal Jack Ryan this year. On March 12, there will also be a bar crawl that will help to raise money for local charities. You can get tickets here. Just make sure you travel safely!
New York City
The most extravagant of all St. Patrick’s celebrations in New York begins in midtown Manhattan on March 17. From the intersection of 44th Street and Fifth Avenue, the procession goes straight up to East 79th Street. Of course, it features a huge range of floats, bands and performances that honor the culture of Ireland. Afterwards, mingle with fellow parade attendees at the official St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl of New York City, which includes plenty of drink specials at many different Big Apple bars.
The Rockville Centre parade will be held on Saturday, March 19 at noon from 265 Sunrise Highway. All proceeds from the parade will be divided equally among three charities, which include the Tommy Brull Foundation, the Children’s Tumor Foundation and Ballinasloe Special Olympics Club. If you’re interested in donating to a great cause and what will no doubt be one of the most fun Long Island St. Patrick’s Day parades, you can do so here.
March 20 is the date of the Glen Cove parade. At 1 p.m., the march will begin from behind Finley Middle School on Forest Avenue and conclude at St. Patrick’s Church at the corner of Glen Street and Pearsall Avenue. Vintage cars, costumed performers and face painters will add to the fun of traditional Irish parade elements such as bagpipers and bands.
The Montauk parade is the 2nd largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York, falling only behind the massive Manhattan procession. The parade steps off from Edgemere Road at 11:30 a.m. on March 20. If you plan on attending the Montauk festivities, get there early for a good vantage point because it fills up quickly!
Hofstra University Irish Festival
While it doesn’t feature a march through town, the 18th annual Hofstra University Irish Festival is certainly worth attending for anyone who wants to celebrate their Irish roots. On March 6, head over to the David S. Mack Sports Complex from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. for a day filled with cultural music and dance performances complemented perfectly by a solid selection of traditional cuisine.