Parade Day Shenanigans

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Parade Day is here! While the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade may be the main event on Saturday, there will be plenty of other activities going on that day. From food to live music and even a run, here are some of your parade day happenings.

Get your parade day off to a running start. Burn off that corned beef and beer in advance. Go for a run! Rockapulco’s Parade Day 5K and Half Marathon is the morning of Saturday, March 4. The Half Marathon starts at 8 a.m. and the 5K starts at 10:30 a.m. Both take place on the boardwalk, starting and ending at Beach 102nd Street, but day-of registration and number pick-up will take place before each race at the Community House. That’s also where runners can head for the after party. It’s $40 for the Half Marathon and $25 for the 5K. You can pre-register at www.Rockapulcorun.com

After you’ve burned those calories, you’re going to want some grub. Make sure you have your corned beef ready. Curran’s Superior Meats on Beach 116th Street makes their own brand. Call in advance to order at 718-634-7408. If you have a lot of mouths to feed, but don’t have the time to make the traditional meal, opt for catering. Ludwig’s Catering at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club has a deal for a full tray of corned beef and cabbage, half trays of potatoes and glazed carrots, rye bread, soda bread, butter, mustard and utensils for $245. You must pick it up. Call 718-634-4939 to order in advance. Cuisine by Claudette on Beach 116th will also have a catering deal of a full tray of corned beef, full tray of cabbage and roots, half tray of potato salad and half tray macaroni salad for $250. Rye bread and soda bread sold separately. Place orders early by calling 718-945-5511.

For those who want to partake in pre-parade and post-parade activities, there will be a Mass in honor of St. Patrick at St. Francis de Sales Church on Beach 129th Street. The Mass is at 9 a.m. and will be celebrated by Msgr. Bracken. The parade itself kicks off at 1 p.m. and goes from Beach 130th Street and Newport Avenue, makes a turn at Beach 116th Street, and continues down Rockaway Beach Boulevard to Beach 100th. After the parade, awards will be given out to the honorees and parade winners at St. Camillus, where the parade route ends.

The parade is just the beginning of the fun. There  will be plenty of shenanigans and malarkey at local pubs and restaurants. Community House on Beach 102nd Street will have quite the live music lineup to suit many tastes. The Raggle Taggle Gypsy O’s will perform Irish favorites inside the bar. Local favorite Wine With Sue will play your favorite covers in the patio yard. Guests can also get a glimpse of the new Liquid Bread Beer Garden in the tent in the parking lot where The BEasy Band will be playing. You’ll have to make some choices or bounce around because each band starts at 3 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. There will be DJs to follow with DJ Gary Suglia in the bar from 7 to 10 p.m., DJ Mikey Blingz in Liquid Bread from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and DJ Teekay in the bar 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. There may be a cover charge.

Bungalow Bar on Beach 92nd Street will also have some local favorite musicians playing from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Indaculture and Friends, including Danny, Bobby, Jenna, and Phil from Indaculture, as well as Ian Boyle, John Bernstein, and Joe Boyle from Thy Burden and Chris from Rattrap Bumpkin. They’ll be playing some traditional Irish tunes, fun covers and original music. Bungalow Bar will also have brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., plus a special parade day menu like Dalton’s Dublin Egg Rolls, Irish Chowder, Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef Dinner and Piled High Corned Beef Sandwiches.

“The Tent” will be happening this year, in a new location. The Rockaway Rugby Club’s biggest fundraiser will take place in the parking lot of Sand Point Physical Therapy at 230 Beach 102nd Street. Doors open at 3 p.m. and Shilelagh Law kicks off the music from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by the Narrowbacks until 9:30 p.m. Strict rules are being enforced, so those only 23 and up will be admitted and fake ID’s will be confiscated. There will also be a cover charge of $20 to help raise funds for the Rugby Club.

After the parade, John Baxter will be singing Irish tunes at Brendan's Bar. There will be a DJ to follow, plus corned beef sandwiches.

For those heading back to Broad Channel, Grassy Point Bar & Grill will be open and will have a corned beef special after the parade.

For those heading back west after the parade, The Hibernian in Roxbury (4 Roxbury Boulevard) will have plenty of fun starting around 4 p.m., including music by DJ Moe, Mary G and Frankie Lee, plus the O'Malley Irish Step Dancers and The Breezy Point Catholic Club Pipes and Drums. There’s no cover charge and there will be a complimentary buffet.

Many of your other local favorite bars are expected to get in on the celebration. Connolly’s on Beach 95th may be a summer treat, but they’ll be open for parade day, serving up green pina coladas and they’ll have a DJ. Rogers, Jameson’s, Kerry Hills, The Wharf and Healy’s may also be good spots to stop by.

If you want to continue the celebration on Sunday, March 5, St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Parish is hosting its annual St. Patrick’s Dance. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the event takes place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Camillus’ Springman Hall (Beach 100th Street). There will be live music by Jim Crowley and The Summer Wind Band, plus a sit-down corned beef dinner by Ludwig’s, beer and soda. Tickets are $45 for adults (13+) and $15 for kids (6-12) and should be purchased in advance at the St. Camillus Rectory. Call 718-634-8229 to reserve.

 Be safe and have fun this weekend!

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