2014-02-21 / Community

St. Pat’s Parade Ready To March

By Dan Guarino

Rockaway’s 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off on Saturday, March 1st at 1 p.m. Rockaway’s 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off on Saturday, March 1st at 1 p.m. With pipes and drums, color, flair and a sea of civic pride, Rockaway’s 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is ready to step off on Saturday, March 1st.

Thedaywillstartwitha9a.m.Mass for peace and justice in Ireland at St. Francis de Sales Church at Beach 129th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

The parade, the second largest in New York, will begin at 1 p.m. at Beach 130th Street and Newport Avenue. From there the expected 20 plus marching bands, as well as floats, civic, cultural, school, municipal, and community groups and organizations will proceed to Beach 116th Street.

There they will turn and march down to Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The parade will continue along the boulevard and conclude at Beach 101th Street.

Afterwards there will post-parade ceremonies at the St. Camillus School Hall at Beach 100st Street.

This year’s Grand Marshal will be President and CEO of Navillus Contracting, Donal O’Sullivan.

Each year the much anticipated Rockaway event attracts upward of 50,000 people. Participants include not only local groups, but also statewide, national and international contingents.

Saturday’s parade marks the second since Hurricane Sandy.

Reflecting on last year’s celebration, Michael Benn, President of the Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, said they were “proud to announce that our 38th parade after the terrible after effects of Hurricane Sandy was a tremendous success. What a terrific turnout we had…We thank you, one and all. Too many to mention but all of you know in your hearts what it has meant to you and to the people of the Rockaways.”

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