Parade Marches Into Town
Rockaway will play host today, Saturday, March 4, to the 25th annual Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The parade, which has grown to be the state's second largest, will feature bagpipe, marching fife and drum corps and bands, antique cars, unions, Irish veterans, civic and fraternal organizations, volunteer ambulance and fire corps, local schools, the deputy mayor of County Limerick, Ireland, New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Irish jaunting carts.
Parade Secretary Beverly Baxter said, "This is a milestone parade for the committee as well as for the community. On behalf of the committee we invite the entire community to come and enjoy this great day for the Irish."
The day starts with a full choral mass at St. Francis de Sales Church on Beach 129 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard at 9 a.m. Following the mass a breakfast/brunch, by invitation only, will be held at the Yacht Club, Beach Channel drive between Beach 126-127 streets, at 10:30 a.m. Then the parade will kick-off from Beach 129 street and Newport avenue at 1 p.m. sharp.
The parade route is down Newport avenue from 129 street to 116 street, around the beach block of 116 street and down Rockaway Beach boulevard by the reviewing stand on Beach 105 street to parade end at St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall on Beach 84 street, where an award ceremony (open to the public) will be held.
(For complete details on this year's parade honorees see centerfold).