St. Patrick’s Spirit Lives on


Despite the parade being canceled, the spirit of Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day was alive and well. On Saturday, March 6, pipers, Irish dancers and other groups popped up to march or perform around town on what would have been parade day.

At noon on Saturday, the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 21 kicked off the celebration with a socially-distanced walk on the boardwalk, led by a lone piper from the Breezy Point Catholic Club Pipes and Drums band. The group was joined by a few other festive locals including the “Best Dressed Man in Rockaway,” Owen Loof, who was decked out in his St. Paddy’s best as he handed out beads to those who came out to watch.

Shortly after, Whalemina and a fire truck painted with the message “cead mile failte.” were spotted making Irish eyes smile along the parade route, with a special detour along Shore Front Parkway.

Later in the afternoon,  masked-up members of the O’Malley’s Irish Dance Academy made pop-up appearances around town including in front of the Harbor Light, Jamesons, at Bungalow Bar and the Belle Harbor Yacht Club.

Some restaurants hosted live music such as Yee Olde Mutts and Bungalow Bar, the Rockawades at Harbor Light and Wine With Sue put on a virtual performance for those watching at home. The Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee also brought a virtual parade with past parade highlights through QPTV.

On Saturday, it was clear the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day was alive and well as Rockaway awaits the return of the parade when it is permitted. The 46th Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled for March 5, 2022.

Photos by Katie McFadden.


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