Thousands Celebrate Irish Heritage With Parade in Huntington

Pipe bands, classic cars, Irish dancers, Scouts, elected officials  and others marched to downtown village Sunday as part of the 89th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The sidewalks were filled with families, many showing their actual or temporary Irish heritage, adorned in green hats, green facepaint,  green shirts, or other green clothing or decorations to celebrate the day. Strings of beads, and children blowing plastic horns as if they were attempting to bring down the walls of Jericho, were everywhere to be seen and heard.

Other children joined their parents, including firefighters and elected officials, in the parade, sponsored by the Huntington Hibernans, from the LIRR station parking lot to the finishing point near St. Patrick’s Church.

Among the bands were the Suffolk and NYPD pipe bands, St, Anthony’s,  Walt Whitman, Northport, Huntington and Uniondale; firefighters from all over Huntington, including Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington, Halesite, Huntington Manor and Melville.

The parade was led by Grand Marshal Greg Kennedy.

Town Supervisor Ed Smyth, whose daughter was one of the Colleens in the parade, emceed the event.





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