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Mar 15, 2016 10:49 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

St. Patrick's Day Parades Held in Hampton Bays, Montauk This Weekend

Mar 18, 2016 10:26 AM

St. Patrick’s Day revelers can enjoy the fun of two parades this weekend, the 12th annual Hampton Bays St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday and the 54th Annual Montauk St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday.

The Hampton Bays parade will step off at 11 a.m. sharp on Saturday from the Hampton Bays Elementary School on Ponquogue Avenue. Parade participants will travel north before turning west on Montauk Highway, where they will pass by the watchful eye of the reviewing stand set up in front of the Hampton Bays United Methodist Church.

To honor the principles of the Hampton Bays Hibernians—friendship, unity and Christian charity—the Hampton Bays St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has selected William (Bill) Patrick Hughes as its 2016 grand marshal. As a charter member of the Michael Collins Division, Mr. Hughes was involved with the very first iteration of the hamlet’s St. Patrick’s Day parade when it was no more than just an idea floating around between friends.

Prizes will be awarded for several categories by a three-judge panel. Last year, $500 prizes were awarded for Best Marching Group and Best School Band, and a trophy was presented to the Best Pipe Band.

Though only in its 12th year, the Hampton Bays St. Patrick’s Day Parade has become a major draw for organizations and revelers alike, attracting an estimated 4,500 attendees last year, in addition to more than 80 participating marching units, floats and pipe bands.

Stretches of Montauk Highway and Ponquogue Avenue will be closed just prior to the parade and motorists are advised to steer clear of the area until after the festivities.

The Montauk parade will begin at Edgemere Road and will head down to Main Street. The Montauk Chamber of Commerce will be serving hot soup on the village green beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The annual Montauk event is New York’s second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade and large crowds are expected.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is adding extra trains on the Montauk line for Sunday and will be enforcing a 24-hour beverage ban on all trains to and from Montauk. For information on train service to Montauk on Sunday and a complete schedule, visit mta.info.

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