Parade weekend is here and there’s plenty of pre- and post-parade options to make those Irish eyes smile.
The 44th Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at 1 p.m. on Beach 130th Street and Newport Avenue. The parade makes a turn down Beach 116th Street to Rockaway Beach Boulevard and continues down to Beach 100th Street. The grand stand will be at Beach 105th Street.
Before the parade, at 9 a.m., there will be a Mass for peace and justice in Ireland at St. Francis de Sales Church on Beach 129th Street. All are welcome to attend.
Hosting a parade day party? Ludwig’s Catering is all booked for orders, but Cuisine by Claudette may still have some options with corned beef dinner packages for up to 10 people at $190, or a la carte options. Call 718-945-5511 to inquire. If you’re up to cooking, Curran’s Superior has all your meats. They carry all-natural corned beef brined to perfection on premises. Supplies are limited, so order quick by calling 718-634-7408. If you miss out, you can still get some products for an Irish breakfast like Tommy Moloney’s fresh Irish sausage, bacon or black and white pudding.
Want someone else to do the cooking on parade day morning? Head to the Rockaway Brewing Company on Beach 72nd Street for a full Irish breakfast from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or spend the day recovering from the parade on Sunday, as they’ll be serving it up again.
Why not run before doing the jig? The annual Parade Day 5K kicks off right before the parade, starting at 10:30 a.m. on the Beach 116th Street Boardwalk. Number pickup and day-of registration takes place at Rockaway Gliders (114-04 Beach Channel Drive) starting 90 minutes before the event. All runners get a t-shirt, a medal and Rockapulco Gold beer at the after-party at Gliders. To pre-register, head to www.rockapulcorun.com.
The parade may be the main focus of the day, but there will be plenty of after-parties going on for those who want to keep celebrating. Bungalow Bar will kick things off at 4 p.m. with performances by The Irish Mutts featuring some members of Indaculture, and DJ music by Tommy Tubs. Plus, they’ll have green frozens and great Irish fare to keep you full and satisfied.
Wine With Sue is more rock and roll than a traditional Irish band but this band is full of lads that know how to make a party great, no matter the theme. They’ll be playing at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club on Beach 126th Street starting at 3 p.m.
“The Tent,” always a popular option, will once again be in the Sands Point parking lot at 230 Beach 102nd Street. This 23+ event hosted by the Rockaway Rugby Club features music by The Newfie Bastards starting at 3 p.m., followed by popular performers, Shilelagh Law at 5 p.m. and DJ Tubbs takes over at 8 p.m. to end the night right. There will be a cover charge to support the Fishheads.
RBQ’s on Beach 98th Street has an all-day party starting at 1 p.m. Indulge in Irish fare and Guinness while Jeff Conlon plays some hits on guitar and bagpipes starting at 2 p.m. Then Gerald Bair takes over the party, playing your favorite Irish tunes starting at 7 p.m.
Community House on Beach 102nd will kick off the party at 11 a.m. with drink specials and corned beef sandwiches. They’ll also have a DJ starting at 2 p.m.
Connolly’s, although a summer bar, is opening for the occasion and getting in the spirit with Greena Coladas, corned beef heroes and Nancy’s soda bread. Plus DJ Paddy Tubz will be playing music all day and night. Doors open at noon.
Relive Dalton’s parade parties at Happy Jack’s Burger Bar near Beach 109th Street. Starting at 2 p.m., they’ll have live music by The Brothers Campion, including Chris and Billy Campion. Plus they’ll have food and drink specials, homemade Irish Soda Bread, their famous Dublin Egg Rolls, corned beef and cabbage, and shamrock giveaways. Still Hungry? The Wharf is serving up corned beef sandwiches, Guinness shepherds pie and cold brew Irish coffee with Bailey’s whipped cream.
If you want to keep your party going late, Rogers Pub on Beach 116th Street hosts The Brooklyn Bards, playing traditional and modern Irish tunes starting at 9 p.m.
Some other great options this weekend? Stop by Healy’s Pub or Jamesons for good drinks and good craic.
If you still had a jig left in you by Sunday, March 3, head to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dance at St. Camillus Springman Hall. There will be live music by the Cunningham Brothers, a sit-down corned beef dinner by Ludwig’s Catering and beer and soda. Tickets are $45 for adults, $20 for children 6-12 and free for those five and under. Call 718-634-8229 to see if tickets are still available.
Happy Rockaway St. Paddy’s Day!
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