2010-03-05 / Community

Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade Steps Off Tommorow

By Howard Schwach

One of the pipe and drum bands that will be on hand again this year marches in last year’s parade. One of the pipe and drum bands that will be on hand again this year marches in last year’s parade. The Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. from Beach 129 Street and Newport Avenue.

The parade has always been one of Rockaway’s premier events, bringing hundreds of marchers and thousands of onlookers to Rockaway streets the first Saturday of each March.

Sometimes, however, it has also been the worst of times, as crowds of drunken teens and young adults roam the streets, fighting and throwing bottles at each other and at passing automobiles.

As is the tradition, the parade will march east on Newport Avenue from its starting point at Beach 129 Street to Beach 116 Street and then south to Rockaway Beach Boulevard and east to Beach 90 Street. The reviewing stand will be located at the end of the parade route.

Local residents should note that there will be parking restrictions on Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 129 Street to Beach 90 Street and on a number of other west end streets as well. The MTA has announced many changes in the bus runs for the Q21, Q53, Q22 and Q35 routes on Saturday.

The Ladies of the Ancient Order of Hibernians march with banners honoring each of Ireland’s counties. The Ladies of the Ancient Order of Hibernians march with banners honoring each of Ireland’s counties. Once again this year, Deputy Inspector Thomas Barrett, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, is warning people that public drinking and drunkenness will not be tolerated by his cops.

“While this is a fun and festive day, I must remind those attending the parade that those drinking in public can be ticketed and arrested. In addition, police officers will confiscate all alcoholic beverages found on the street,” Barrett told The Wave recently. “We will especially be targeting underage drinking.” Barrett is asking the public for their help so that everybody can have an enjoyable day.
Police officers from the NYPD’s mounted division led the parade. Police officers from the NYPD’s mounted division led the parade.
Lots of kids attend the parade each year. Lots of kids attend the parade each year.

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