Vendors and organizers of the March of the Leprechauns pub crawl presented two $6,000 checks to local charities this morning, which were raised by the proceeds of the enormously popular St. Patrick’s Day event on March 7.

The net proceeds from the event were split evenly between The East End Emerald Society, which organizes Riverhead’s only St. Patricks Day parade, and Maureen’s Haven, an East End outreach program that feeds, clothes and shelters the local homeless population.

The “March of the Leprechauns” event was modeled after the SantaCon pub crawl, which has snowballed into an international phenomenon in recent years and came to Riverhead for the first time last December.

Local restaurants and bars offered Irish-themed specials to participants wearing event bracelets, which sold for $10 each. Many vendors offered live music as well.

The numbers for this event almost doubled Riverhead’s SantaCon, according to Nicole Evers, director of private events for the Suffolk Theater and the coordinator of the pub crawl.

There are talks of another pub crawl event on Main Street, possibly this summer or fall, according to Evers. “We’ve already been approached by several charities who’d like to be considered,” she said in an interview for a previous article.

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Katie Morosky
Katie, winner of the 2016 James Murphy Cub Reporter of the Year award from the L.I. Press Club, is a co-publisher of RiverheadLOCAL. A Riverhead native, she is a 2014 graduate of Stony Brook University. Email Katie