Photo: Peter Blasl

Downtown Riverhead hosted the second annual March of the Leprechauns pub crawl yesterday, with special events and deals for participants at Main Street restaurants, pubs, cafes, breweries and hotels.

The event benefitted the East End Emerald Society, which hosts a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Jamesport and Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach. The two organizations will split proceeds from the sale of $10 bracelets that entitled visitors to special deals at participating downtown establishments. Last year’s inaugural event netted the two nonprofit organizations $6,000 apiece.

The East End Emerald Society was founded to keep the Irish-American tradition alive on eastern Long Island, its founders say. Part of that effort is to bring Riverhead Town its first-ever St. Paddy’s Day parade. The inaugural parade took place in 2014 and has been growing ever since.

The grand marshal of this year’s parade is Jamesport Fire Department ex-chief Sean McCabe, lifelong Jamesport resident and 44-year Jamesport Fire Department veteran.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Peter Blasl

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