Patchogue go Bragh: What to know for this year’s St. Paddy’s Day parade
Bagpipers were the order of the day at last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Patchogue. They’ll be there this year, too.

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Patchogue go Bragh: What to know for this year’s St. Paddy’s Day parade

Story By: TARA SMITH
3/16/2017


Deck out in green and come down to Main Street in Patchogue this Sunday, March 19, as Thomas Keegan Jr. leads the 21st annual Patchogue Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

According to Patchogue Parks and Recreation director Maria Giustizia, the parade is scheduled to begin at noon, five minutes after runners take off on the May The Road Rise To Meet Ye 5K Run/Walk promptly at 11:55 a.m.

This year, Giustizia said, records are expected to be broken for the 5k, as earlier this week preregistered runners surpassed 300. “We typically double that number and that’s what you’ll see the day of,” she said, explaining that they are prepared for over 500 runners. 

The registration fee is $20 before Sunday and $25 on race day, and all participants who are over 21 get a free beer, according to the event website. 

Check-in for the race is in front of Finest Fitness located at 208 East Main Street, Patchogue, between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., for the race starting at 11:55 a.m. 

Awards will be given to the first male and female overall, top three male and female based on age group and a quirky $100 prize given to the “most Irish-looking” runner.

The race will begin on East Main Street and Route 112, head up and circle Great Patchogue Lake and then finish near Cedar Grove Cemetery. 

According to Giustizia, the following roads will be closed from 11 a.m. to around 2 p.m. on Sunday: Main Street between Route 112 and West Avenue, as well as parts of Waverly Avenue, the Spur off Lake Street and adjoining side streets throughout the neighborhood route.

“We are going to keep Roe Boulevard open on the north side,” Giustizia said, adding, “We don’t want to inconvenience too many people.”

The parade will feature marching bands, bagpipes, floats, baton twirlers, local officials and fire departments, as well as music and entertainment, with 61 entries altogether. Winners will be announced in several categories including most original, most Irish, best pipe band and best overall.

Giustizia said the village is expecting thousands of people this Saturday and urges everyone to come out for festive craic. That’s an Irish term for fun and entertainment. “It’s a fabulous parade with lots of energy,” Giustizia said. “Dress green, dress warm, have fun and be safe.”

And get there early for a good spot.

Current weather forecasts mostly cloudy skies with a high of 39 and low of 25 for Sunday, March 19.