Temperate air, blue skies and sunshine prevailed for the East End Emerald Society’s Fifth Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Jamesport this afternoon.
“Can you say ‘dilly-dilly?'” asked master of ceremonies William Van Helmond, perched on a makeshift stage on Main Road, outside Duffy’s Deli.
Van Helmond greeted the participating groups and organizations as they marched past. Led by a color guard from the Riverhead VFW and American Legion posts, the parade stepped off on Main Road at Washington Avenue and proceeded to Manor Lane, waving at spectators lining the road along the way.
The parade featured everything from leprechauns to the Easter Bunny and not one but two Santa Clauses, as well as the Jamesport, Mattituck and Flanders fire departments, the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance, Riverhead Town Police, Girl Scout troops, martial arts students, dance students, antique cars and tractors, horses and donkeys. Of course, a St. Paddy’s Day parade wouldn’t be complete without pipes and drums and this one had two pipes and drums corps, Suffolk Police and Nassau Police.
Van Helmond was joined onstage by Grand Marshal Sean Walter, former town supervisor and 2016 Grand Marshal Sean McCabe.
RiverheadLOCAL photos by Denise Civiletti
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