Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day


An annual party to which all are invited, the Center Moriches St. Patrick’s Day Parade, now in its 20th year, drew crowds of happy celebrants, many wearing traditional Kelly green, who lined Main Street awaiting the chamber-sponsored festivities.

Neither the weather nor the parade would disappoint.  Following a deluge the day before, the sun shone brightly on the enthusiastic gathering lining the street. 

At 2 p.m., the sound of bagpipes floated ahead of the smart-stepping, sprightly contingent of kilt-clad pipers, who followed grand marshal George Keller, along with several of his predecessors, county executive Ed Romaine, Lee Sinnickson, Joe Townsend, Gerry Sapanaro and Art Gerhauser.

They were joined by Brookhaven Town supervisor Dan Panico, a charming Irish princess, numerous local business and political leaders, scout troops, our Center Moriches Fire Department, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The end was only the beginning as the celebration adjourned to continue the party after the parade.  A fine day to be Irish.  And a fine way to recognize it.


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