The Friends of St. Patrick are pleased to announce that the 71stannual Miller Place-Rocky Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled for Sunday March 12, 2023 starting at 1:00 PM sharp. It is with great pride that the Committee has named Rocky Point Stop and Shop manager Bob Evans as this year’s Grand Marshall.
Having grown up in Bellerose, Queens, Bob has deep Irish Roots on both his mother’s and father’s side. He started with Stop and Shop in 1986 and in 2018 was named manager of the Rocky Point Store. With the support of the company, Bob has changed the parade culture at the store by hosting a family friendly festival in the parking lot and in the store from 10 am to 2 pm on Parade Day. There are many give aways, free food and raffles that make it a fun and exciting event.
In the weeks leading up to the Parade, Bob promotes the raffles and raises much needed money for The Friends of St. Patrick. Last year, $7,000 was raised through raffles and donations at the store.
Bob’s leadership at Stop and Shop benefits other worthy community charities, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital and the SCPD’s 7th precinct Thanksgiving Dinner giveaways.
The community is invited to celebrate and honor Bob Evans by attending the parade, and certainly encouraged to go to Stop and Shop on Parade Day between 10am and 2pm and enjoy the festive, friendly atmosphere. Participation in the raffle sales is encouraged and appreciated.
The Friends of St. Patrick sponsors an annual scholarship in connection with our local high schools. This year’s $1,000 scholarship winner is Meghan Reilly, a Senior at Rocky Point High School. Meghan wrote a great essay about how her love for Irish Step Dancing helps her connect with her heritage and described some of her grandparents’ experiences after they immigrated to America from Ireland. She will graduate High School this June and while she has been accepted to a number of colleges, she has yet to decide where she will attend.
Mark your calendar for June 12,2023 when the Friends of St. Patrick will host their annual “Nine and Dine” golf outing at Middle Island Country Club. More details to follow.
Friends of St. Patrick Founded in 1949 by businessmen John M. Sullivan and George Faulkner, the Friends of St. Patrick launched their first Miller Place - Rocky Point St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 11, 1950. Since that day, so many aspects of the parade have changed. The parade route, once a rustic two-lane road, is now a highly developed four-lane highway. The spectators, once numbering in the hundreds, are now in the tens of thousands. Yet the original goal of bringing our community together, as set by the co-founders so many years ago, still remains today. The Friends of St. Patrick welcomes you to our website and encourages you to visit our History page for a more in depth look at the founders and the rich history of this organization. In addition, there are many resources available to you including parade attendee request forms , casino night invitations, donation information , golf outing attendee and sponsorship forms. Get in touch with our organization by visiting the Contact page.
Starts at Harrison Ave Miller Place and ends at Broadway Rocky Point
Parade starts at 1P.M. Sharp from Harrison Ave Miller Place
Parade usually last around 3 hours as the last float passes broadway around 4P.M.
Streets close down at 12:00 P.M. Sharp
Total distance is 2.6 miles long