The official blog of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
By Krystle L. DiNicola, Marketing Assistant
The 20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presented by the Patchogue Village Parks and Recreation Department and the Greater Patchogue Foundation’s Cultural Heritage Committee, was held Sunday, March 22 on Main Street in Patchogue.
The Parade was attended by an enthusiastic, green-clad crowd of approximately 4,000 viewers. There were 56 organizations that participated in the parade, led by Grand Marshals Peter and Anne Marie Sarich.
“Grand Marshals Peter and Anne Marie Sarich were simply wonderful as leaders of the parade and we need to thank their children and Anne Marie’s cousin, Laura Greene, for all the help with the paper and proceedings,” said Cultural Heritage Chairman Tom Keegan.
Congratulations to Fundacion Lucero de America for winning “Best Overall Unit,” Chamber board member Mark Miller and the staff of Harbor Crab for winning “Most Irish” float, and the IBEW Local 25 Pipes & Drums for winning “Best Pipe Band.”
“Particularly fitting was the awarding of the “Best Pipe Band” trophy to the IBEW Local 25 Pipe Band. Unknown to the judges, 20 years earlier the IBEW Local 25 Pipe Band was the only band that marched for us in the 1996 parade,” said Keegan. “On a budget of zero, they simply did a favor for a member’s high school buddy, but that kind gesture allowed us begin a tradition that has made Patchogue’s celebration of the Irish the best on Long Island.”
Following tradition, the Parade was kicked off by the “May the Road Rise to Meet Ye” 5K race, which hosted almost 400 runners competing in the race that traveled throughout downtown Patchogue. A special congratulations to race participants Brandan Barrett, who was the overall top male runner with a time of 16:53; overall top female runner, with a time of 18:49, Jen Dagan and Ryan Nash, who had a time of 19:50 and was awarded the medal for top law enforcement. For complete results, click here.
“The committee is grateful to all who assisted in making the day a splendid triumph over the threat of a winter that did not want to let go,” said Keegan. “Maria [Hilton], Luann [Lategano] and their ‘go-to’ utility player, Bill Hilton, did a great job organizing the parade, the ‘May the Road Rise to Meet Ye 5K’ and all the ancillary activities required to get a Village shoveled out from a Friday blizzard to be ready for a sunny Sunday parade.”