A Parade To Remember
This may be the 38th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Rockaway but it’s certain to rank as the most anticipated and memorable as it’s the first following the devastation of Sandy. Although Rockaway was shook to its core just 124 days ago, many have been pointing to this year’s parade as the first sure sign Rockaway is really on the road to recovery.
The parade will kick off Saturday, March 2nd at Beach 130th Street and Newport Avenue at 1 p.m. sharp according to Michael Benn, president of the Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.
Crowds are expected to line the sidewalks as they’ll be treated to a gleeful march of pipes and drums, step dancers, floats, local clubs, and a bigger than usual assortment of politicians.
The Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is John Ahern, business manager, Local 30. And the Gael of the Year is Hilary Beirne, president of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Foundation in New York.
The parade route will go from west to east, down Newport Avenue to Beach 116th Street where it will turn and then turn again on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and continue down RBB past the reviewing stand on Beach 105th Street. The parade will end near the Irish Circle at Beach 102nd Street and Shore Front Parkway. An awards ceremony will be held following the parade at St. Camillus School hall on Beach 100th Street.
The parade has always been a signature event on the Rockaway calendar and represents the unofficial start of spring. This year will be that and more. The parade is expected to be part homecoming, part reunion, and a hearty demonstration of Rockaway Strong.