The NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums Band marching in the Jamesport St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2022. Photo: Denise Civiletti

The East End Emerald Society’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Jamesport steps off today at 1 p.m. on Main Road and Washington Avenue. 

Sunny skies will prevail for today’s event, with temperatures in the low 50s and west winds of 15 to 20 mph, gusting up to 30 mph, according to the National Weather Service. 

Main Road (NY-25) will be closed to traffic for the duration of the parade. East-west traffic will be diverted from the route by police. Motorists should use other routes to avoid delays and use caution in the area both before and after the parade, as spectators gather along the roadway on the Main Road parade route, which stretches from Washington Avenue to Manor Lane.

Revelers at the Jamesport St. Patrick’s parade in 2022 delight in candies and trinkets thrown into the crowd by Jamesport firefighters. Photo: Denise Civiletti

The Jamesport St. Patrick’s Day Parade was first held in 2014, hosted by the East End Emerald Society. The society was organized by Jamesport businessman Sean O’Neill with the goal of hosting a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Jamesport. He said at the time it was something he had been thinking about doing for a decade. The parade enjoyed immediate success and has taken place every year since, with the exception of 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event brings together marching bands and community groups from across the region.

The grand marshals of this year’s parade are  Linda and Leanne Simonsen, the mother and widow of fallen NYPD Officer Brian Simonsen, a Jamesport native who was killed in the line of duty in February 2019.  Aides to the grand marshals this year are Tom and Mike Ferris.

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