The East End Emerald Society's St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place on March 25 in Jamesport. File photo: Denise Civiletti

The Jamesport St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been postponed to next Saturday, April 1, due to inclement weather forecast for this Saturday, the original date for this year’s celebration.

Riverhead Deputy Supervisor Devon Higgins announced the postponement at the start of tonight’s Town Board meeting. Parade organizer East End Emerald Society later posted word of the postponement on social media.

There is a 100% chance of rain Saturday, with windy conditions, according to the National Weather Service forecast for northeastern Suffolk.

The parade, which first stepped off in 2014, is Riverhead Town’s first and only St. Patrick’s Day parade. Though it entered a crowded field in the annual celebration of the holiday across the region, the East End Emerald Society has fielded a large contingent of marching bands, area fire departments and community groups for the parade each year. The parade always draws a good crowd to Main Road, wearing the green, to cheer on the marchers

The East End Emerald Society was founded in 2014 by five Irish-American friends — Sean O’Neill, Walter Magee, John Cuddy, Brandon Hewes and Richard Stephenson — to honor their heritage and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in their hometown of Jamesport.

The parade will start at 1 p.m. on April 1, stepping off on Main Road at Washington Avenue and continues east, ending at the Jamesport Fire Department headquarters.

This year is the first time the parade will have two grand marshals: husband and wife Patrick and Joann Waski of Jamesport. The 2023 aides to the grand marshals are Joe Hartmann and Steve McKay.

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