The green mile
EAST ISLIP—The decades old tradition of a St. Patrick’s Day parade hosted by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 7 was upheld last Sunday, March 4. Once again, crowds lined both sides of Main Street along the parade route, which is a little over a mile, to cheer on the more than 30 groups that participated.
This year’s grand marshal, Larry Wolf, led the parade, which was renamed several years ago to the John P. Reilly Memorial St. Patrick’s Day Parade in honor of a former chairman. The event featured a number of pipe bands, local groups and also members of various AOH divisions that fought the bitter cold and wind with a smile all along the way.
This particular event is considered a more traditional parade since there are no floats, only bands and marchers. However, there were plenty of attractions on the sidelines as local residents and visitors to the area turned out to get into the spirit and pride of the Irish.
Steve Hayes (left) and Gerard Vaccarello-Hayes of Bay Shore dressed for the parade.
Grand marshal Larry Wolf (in top hat) and family lead the annual John P. Reilly Memorial St. Patrick’s Day Parade down Main Street
Drum major from the AOH Division 7 pipe band, Roisin Dubh, signals for the band to perform.
All photos by Liz Finnegan
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