The 17th Annual Rockville Centre St. Patrick’s Parade begins at noon on Saturday, starting from Maple Avenue and N. Long Beach Road and proceeding to the reviewing stand in front of St. Agnes Cathedral.
“What better way to come together as a community than a parade,” Mayor Francis Murray said. “It’s one of the most exciting days here in Rockville Centre. The downtown shops are booming, the streets are full of Rockville Centre pride and we are able to give back to three worthy causes.”
This year’s grand marshal is Rockville Centre businessman and resident, Thomas A. Glynn Jr. Glynn is the owner and manager of the Thomas A. Glynn & Son Funeral Home in Rockville Centre and is a former Rockville Centre Village Trustee, as well a former Nassau County Legislator for the Fifth Legislative District. He is also the father of current Rockville Centre Village Trustee Kevin Glynn.
Over the last 16 years, the Rockville Centre St. Patrick’s Parade has become one of the most successful and well-attended parades in New York State.
The parade is an incorporated not-for-profit organization that annually shares its success with three worthy charities, which are National, Irish and Rockville Centre-focused. Since the parade’s inception in 1997, $718,000 has been distributed to 48 individual charities. Rockville Centre’s St. Patrick’s Parade is "The Parade that Cares and Shares."
This year’s charities are the Jillian E. Daly Foundation, a fund dedicated to the research of autoimmune and blood disorder diseases; the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter, which provides quality services to patients and families living with ALS throughout the greater New York area; and Crosscare, the social care agency of the Dublin Archdiocese working with those affected by homelessness, meeting the needs of young people and aiding in the development of community driven services.
For further information about the parade visit the parade website at www.rvcstpatrick.com.