2011-03-04 / Rockaway St. Patrick's Day Parade

This Year’s Parade Shorter, More Dynamic

By Howard Schwach

Map of the parade route. The parade will end on Beach 102 Street this year. Map of the parade route. The parade will end on Beach 102 Street this year. This year’s Queens County Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be different than it has been in years past.

The pipes will still skirl 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, set for Saturday, March 5 this year, will end at Beach 102 Street rather than at Beach 95 Street, which has been its end point for the last several years.

The parade will step off from Beach 129 Street and Newport Avenue 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 St. Camillus auditorium on Beach 100 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.

In the past, however, the parade has ended in various years at Beach 92 and Beach 95 Streets.

“There was really nothing we could do,” Parade President Michael Benn concluded. “They even cut the Manhattan parade, and that’s saying something.

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