March 08, 2011 | 01:08 PMThe Friends of St. Patrick will be holding their 61st St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday, March 13 along Route 25A. The parade starts at 1 pm sharp (the road will be closed by Suffolk Police at noon), beginning at Route 25A and Harrison Avenue, Miller Place and will proceed east to Broadway and Prince Road in Rocky Point.
Said Walter Colleran, parade chairman, "We're looking forward to a beautiful day and the opportunity for the community to participate and enjoy the parade."
Colleran noted that parade viewers can expect to see between 25 and 30 floats and even "antique cars and antique farm tractors."
Music will fill the air as the parade participants step off. Leading the parade will be the Peconic Warpipes, whose name comes from the ancient Irish name for bagpipes — Great Irish Warpipes. Located on eastern Long Island, they celebrate both the Irish and Scottish bagpipe tradition.
The Suffolk County Police Emerald Society Pipe Band will be on hand with its 50 members as will be the Glor Na nGael Bagpipe Band.
Long Island bands participating include Twenty-six and Six, named for the 26 counties in the Republic of Ireland plus the six counties of Northern Ireland. Formed in 2008 the band consists of Joe Roche, Caitlin Durney-Grossman, Jay Johnson, Sean Daly and Jim Petrone. Another Long Island blues band, the Kerry Kearny Band will be performing as well. Said Colleran, they're "world renown."
From Stony Brook University expect the Stony Brook University Marching Band — "100 strong" noted Colleran — as well as the Stony Brook University Cheerleaders and the university mascot, Wolfie.
The Brentwood Marching Band will accompany the Miller Place Fire Department contingent, and both the Rocky Point Middle School eighth-grade band and the Rocky Point High School Band will be marching and entertaining the viewers.
For further information on the Friends of St. Patrick, go to www.friendsofstpatrick.com.