2010 Rocky Point St Patrick's Day Parade
14th, 2010 - 1 pm
All NY Saint Patrick's Parade in the State of New York
60TH ANNUAL MILLER
History takes place on Sunday March 14 at 1 PM,
as the Friends of St. Patrick present their 60th Annual Miller
Place-Rocky Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
To honor this milestone event, the
Friends of St. Patrick will honor all Grand Marshals who have led the parade
over the past six decades.
In 1950 a committee was formed by
local businessmen John M. Sullivan and George Faulkner. The purpose of their
group was to create an event to rouse the local residents out of their homes
from a largely summer community, and allow friends and neighbors to intermingle
and reconnect with each other after months of winter hibernation. What a better
way to welcome the early arrival of spring than to celebrate St. Patrick, and a
parade was organized in his honor where green would replace the grayness of
winter for the day.
On the afternoon of Sunday March
11, 1951, Grand Marshal John M. Sullivan, adorned with a top hat, mounted a
horse in front of his business (then Sullivan’s Tavern) on the northeast corner
of Harrison Avenue and Route 25A in Miller Place. He set forth his journey from
the same location that it does today, eastward along a then mostly wooded Route
25A to his final destination of Rocky Point with his parade in tow. From that
day forward a precedent was set and the tradition continues, with the Friends of
St. Patrick now having second and third generation members on its committee.
Year after year, the parade grew
in volume and popularity and has now become the most anticipated event of our
local hamlets. It draws an estimated 50,000 plus spectators, and has thousands
more that march and participate, making this parade the largest in Brookhaven
Town and the second oldest in Suffolk County.
All are invited to attend a gala
celebration marking the historic 60th Anniversary of the Miller
Place-Rocky Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the past Grand Marshals. On
Sunday February 28 at The Grand Ball Room at East Wind Caterers on Route 25A in
Wading River, the Friends of St. Patrick will hold their annual fundraising
Cocktail Party from 4 to 8 PM. Tickets are available now by calling:
information regarding our events and organization please visit our website at:
www.friendsofsaintpatrick.com. For historical information, please contact
Committee Historian Jim O’Sullivan at:631-744-9634.
The Friends of St. Patrick are proud to announce that the Grand Marshal of
their 59th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Town of Brookhaven
Superintendent of Highways Mr. John H. Rouse, which takes place on Sunday
March 15 at 1 PM.
Our parade began
in1950 and continues along the original three mile course, allowing the
residents of our neighboring hamlets, mainly Rocky Point, Sound Beach and Miller
Place to enjoy a spirited parade. The parade begins at 1pm on the intersection
of Harrison Ave. and Rt. 25A in Miller Place and continues along Rt. 25A to
Broadway in Rocky Point.
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the most historic Saint Patrick Day parade organizations in New York
State. We are located on the north shore of Long Island, NY sixty-five miles
East of New York City.
The parade began in 1951 and continues along the original three mile
course, allowing the residents of our neighboring hamlets mainly, Rocky
Point, Sound Beach and Miller Place to enjoy a spirited parade. The parade
begins at 1pm on the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Route 25A in Miller
Place and continues along Route 25A to Broadway in Rocky Point.