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Rockaway St. Pat’s Parade Saturday

Rockaway<BR />St. Pat’s Parade<BR />Saturday

Rockaway St. Pat's Parade Saturday

A record number of marching units are set to step off on Sat ur day, march 6, at 1 p.m. for the 29th annual Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The parade will step off from Newport Avenue and Beach 130 this year, after a one-year move to Rockaway Beach Boul e vard due to construction on Newport Ave nue. Last year's parade step p ed off in front of St. Francis de Sales Church on Beach 129 Street.

This year, the parade will march east on Newport Avenue to Beach 116 Street, where it will turn towards the beach. The line of march will then turn east once more at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and use the Boulevard to its end at Beach 84 Street.

The reviewing stand will once again be located at Beach 105 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

An awards ceremony will be held at St. Rose of Lima Church on Beach 84 Street after the parade has ended. The days events will once again begin with a 9 a.m. mass for peace and justice in Ireland at the St. Francis de Sales Church. That event will be followed by an invitation-only breakfast at the Beach Club on Beach 116 Street.

Police from the 100 Precinct have announc ed that there will be many parking restrictions on the west end on Saturday to facilitate the parade.

Beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting until the parade has passed by, there will be no parking allowed on Newport Ave nue, between Beach 140 Street and Beach 116 Street; all of Beach 116 Street from Beach Chan nel Drive to Ocean Pro m enade; Beach 129 Street from Newport Ave nue to Rockaway Beach Bou le vard and Rockaway Beach Boule vard from Beach 116 Street to Beach 84 Street.

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