2011-03-04 / Community

St. Pat’s Parade Steps Off Saturday

By Howard Schwach


Pipe and Drum bands make up the majority of the marching units, but there is something for everybody at the annual parade. Pipe and Drum bands make up the majority of the marching units, but there is something for everybody at the annual parade. This years Queens County Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which steps off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, will be different than it has been in recent years past.

The pipes will still squirl and the drums will still roll, but the parade will be a little less grand this year, thanks largely to a 2010 ruling by Mayor Michael Bloomberg that all city parades and festivals be cut in duration in order to save much-needed overtime money. Bloomberg said that no parade could last more than five hours and that all parades had to be cut 25 percent in duration.

Because of that ruling, the parade will end at Beach 102 Street rather than at Beach 95 Street, which has been its end point for the last several years.

After a morning mass at St. Francis de Sales Church on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 129 Street, the parade will step off from Beach 129 Street and Newport Avenue at about 1 p.m. and march east on Newport Avenue to Beach 116 Street, where it will turn south to Rockaway Beach Boulevard and then east again to Beach 102 Street.

The parade reviewing stand will be at Beach 105 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, only three blocks from the parade’s end.

The parade awards ceremony will be held at approximately 3 p.m. at Springman Hall at St. Camillus Church on Beach 101 Street on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Originally, the parade went all the way to Beach 84 Street and the St. Rose of Lima Church, where award ceremonies were held.

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