St. Pat’s parades are back

Local parades make return after COVID cancellations


After a hiatus due to the pandemic, local St. Patrick’s Day parades are back this year in full swing.

Gary Teich, the president of the East Islip Community Chamber of Commerce, said the East Islip community is excited for the ever-popular event.

“This is one of those events that really makes our community shine, and our goal is to always shine,” Teich said.

The East Islip parade is hosted by the Ancient Order of the Hibernians Division 7, a local Irish-Catholic fraternal organization.

“The Hibernians put so much time and effort into this,” Teich said. “They are a phenomenal group of people and the effort that goes into this is mind-boggling.”

This year’s parade is East Islip’s 55th and is slated for Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. beginning at the East Islip Library.

In nearby Bay Shore, the St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place on Saturday, March 12 at 2 p.m. from Saxon Avenue. The grand marshal of the parade this year will be president and owner of Fire Island Ferries Tim Mooney. According to the parade website, Mooney is a native of Bay Shore and graduated from Bay Shore High School in 1972. Mooney became president of Fire Island Ferries in 2008 and is a board member of the Bay Shore Lions Club. In addition, Mooney is a Board of Trustee member at Molloy College and has served on Northwell Southside Hospital committees as well as Good Samaritan Hospital committees. This year’s parade will be the Bay Shore community’s 21st.


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