The 28th annual Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on Sunday, March 20, at 1 p.m. in downtown Glen Cove. This dazzling event is the premier St. Patrick’s Day celebration on the North Shore of Long Island and it is the largest annual parade in the Glen Cove area.
The grand marshal of this year’s parade is Locust Valley resident Paul Long, well known on the North Shore as a community activist, a first responder in both Locust Valley and Glen Cove and a proponent of efforts to provide support services for serving soldiers and returning veterans. Long will be accompanied by aides to the grand marshal Regina McGannon Begley and her husband Peter Begley, both well known for their involvement in Irish social and cultural affairs in the metropolitan area.
St. Patrick’s Day parades around the world this year are joining in the celebration of the Centennial of the Irish Revolution which began in Dublin on Easter Monday, 1916.
The backbone of the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade, as always, will be its exciting mix of marching groups, including many bands of Irish pipers and other musicians. Further color will be added to the festivities by vintage cars, costumed performers, face painters, fire and police units and much more. The parade is a true community celebration of the coming of spring with many of the area’s ethnic organizations, often in traditional costume, taking part.
The parade is supported by donations to a special Commemorative Journal honoring the grand marshal. All proceeds beyond parade expenses are being donated to Hope for the Warriors, the charity chosen this year by the grand marshal. To place an ad, or for more information about the parade, call Robert Lynch at 516-782-7494 or visit www.glencoveirishparade.org.