Parade Cheat Sheet: What You Need to Know For Saturday

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Parade day is almost here and Patch has rounded up all the important stuff you need to know.  We’ve got start times, places to eat, drink or just hang out. Did we miss something? Let us know in the comment section.

Start Time

The parade kicks off at noon, Route 25a will close to traffic at 11 a.m. Parking for marchers will be at William T. Rogers Middle School on Old Dock Road.

According to organizers, transport buses will be available from RJO to the step off location from 9:30 am to 11:30 a.m. Step off place is the corner of Lou Avenue and Pulaski Road. The cutting of the parade ribbon will be done by Grand Marshal, Gerry Creighton.

Parade Route

The parade will begin at the corner of Lou Avenue and Pulaski Road and will proceed to Main Street, to Church Street, to Old Dock road and will end at William T. Rogers Middle School.


The St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee will give an award to the  Best Parade Float and a plaque for the storefront that shows off its Kings Park Pride and St. Patrick's Day best.  

See Related: Dining Guide For Kings Park St. Patrick's Day Parade

By the Numbers

75- Age of Grand Marshal- Gerry Creighton. Number of children-5, Grandkids- 9

3-Irish Step Dancing Groups

15-bagpipe bands

2-marching bands

103-organizations marching

55- degrees expected for high temperature on Saturday.

7,500-9,000- estimated crowd at last year's parade

John J. Gallagher March 03, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I'm "heading over" to Main Street.....with fond memories of Dad (Patrick Thomas Gallagher born in Derry) and Mom (Elizabeth Mary Devlin Gallagher) born in Esgraugh, Dungannon County Tyrone).....so I'm officially an FBI (foreign born Irish) as Mom and Dad had me in a "foreign country".......how 'bout that ! !
Barbara March 03, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I think it is pathetic how the entire town shuts down for the St. Patrick's Day parade and when Memorial Day and Veteran's Day parade roll around- it is a 10 minute parade route and very little town participation.
P. J. Miller March 03, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I guess it's because they honor the Irish residents more than they do our Vets who served for our country. Gives you something to think about where their priorities are. I agree - we should do more than a 10 minute parade - but where do you start? Last year I asked if I could bring my antique car to the parade and because I am not Irish I was told NO. Again, who loses? not me. The residents.
lisa costello March 03, 2012 at 10:08 PM
don't be a hater
Dean Nichol March 04, 2012 at 03:14 PM
East to West Classic Car Club wants to thank one of our own Dave Pendola for organizing all the classic cars at the Parade. Please feel free to email us photos so we can post to club. Regards. Dino. www.easttowestclassiccars.com
JNR March 04, 2012 at 07:28 PM
To Barbara. That does sound unfair because I do like to believe that memorial day and veterans day should be more important celebrations, but the St. Patrick's parade has brought a lot of joy to the town and has sparked so much town participation. I think to say its pathetic is just not very nice. instead find out what we can do to make our other events just as great and then get on this patch and ask for help and volunteers and then watch and see how the town comes out. I think the new tradition of this st. Pat's parade is a great thing to get us motivated as a town to do other great things together, but we need to be kinder about our opinions and work together when we need to make changes. To p.j. Miller I'd like to know who said you could have your car in parade? That's just wrong, and should also be changed. Irish or alien
Frank Mercuri March 05, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I find it stunning that there are those that criticize a day of celebration of a patron St. and compare it to the vets. Apparently they do not know what goes on for the vets and memorial days to honor our veterans. Each year two parades are done and speeches given. The line of march is not a criteria for comparison. No matter what, there will always be someone that will put things on the down side rather than providing compliments. I ask those who criticize, do you attend or participate in ceremonies honoring the fallen and the veterans who served? One prayer and one moment of silence speeks moore than all the bands playing, for caring comes from the heart not from rhetoric.
Tujaye March 05, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Not sure if it was as much of a shot for the St. Patrick's day parade as it was a shot against all of the people who packed the streets for this and could care less about The Memorial Day and Veteran's day parades - but I guess that since they are not focused around partying and drinking it makes sense (I doubt that more than a handful of people are there to celebrate the patron Saint unfortunately). I do attend the Memorial day parade- Veteran's day is tough because it is mid week. To your point, why doesn't everyone just say a prayer to St. Patrick instead of all of the bands since it would be from the heart and not from rhetoric - I go back to the party and beer. FYI - The hard work and dedication that goes into the organization of this parade is very commendable and the results show it - this is not a knock against them.
P. J. Miller March 05, 2012 at 03:36 PM
The parade itself is wonderful, and as Frank Adama mentioned it is the rhetoric that comes afterwards that has everyone up in arms. If you want to honor a saint, most people go to church, light a candle and say a prayer. As far as the veterans - yes they do a parade, but there is no after party. I guess you just can't please everyone. But the reason we are a free country today is because of our vets, not because of anyone else. Keep that in mind.
lisa costello March 05, 2012 at 03:41 PM
why can't people just lighten up and have agood time?unless you are irish you don't get it!the parade was wonderful nothing like marching bands and bagpipes! and fyi , it was a great night for all area restaurants................we all need a little fun in our lives!
John from Kings Park March 05, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I would have to agree here also. I believe there should be much more fanfare than there is right now to honor our Veterans. Especially now since they opened that beautiful Veterans Memorial by the library. While of course, it wouldn't be tasteful to celebrate Veterans Day & Memorial Day with after-parade parties & drunken festivities, I do believe that is basically the reason why most people celebrate St.Patrick's day in the first place. The Patron Saint seems to be an afterthought to most...
Tujaye March 05, 2012 at 03:52 PM
You're missing the point. I'm glad that everyone had a good time and the restaurants did well. It's about priorities and the values we are instilling in our kids. Mine participate in the other parades because of the reasons stated by PJ. What we are saying is that a party is more important than honoring the vets - the point is that you can do both. Remember - the vets wore/wear green too - but for a completely different reason. Just hoping that this will make some people stop and think a bit - that's all.
Frank Mercuri March 05, 2012 at 04:28 PM
As a Vet I have no qualms of the turn out. There was a time that I too could not participate and attend parades due to work schedule. Yes it is difficult to attend the parade and ceremonies due to the work schedules. Let's thank the veteran organizations who put the parades together. Let's be happy that we do celebrate many events. KP is a good place to live and celebrate with neighbors. Prayer should and can be done 24/7 365. Without a band there is no parade. I could listen to pipers all day long. I heard many a kid yesterday as I filmed the event and they were so elated that they said why not do it again. Many Hamlets and towns has a St,Patrick's parade. IT is fun time and remembering time. I am of Italian extraction and have a Irish-German wife. Life is to short to be concerned on small things. Vets are remembered and we remeber those coming home.
P. J. Miller March 05, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Frank Adamo I am with you 100%. I think the whole thing boils down to this: Just another reason to drink and have a good time I really don't think anyone really knows who St. Patrick was. He was born in Britain, at the age of 16 he was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders and taken to Ireland and held captive as a slavefor 6 years. He spent those years praying and hoping to someday convert the Irish to Christianity. He eventually escaped back to Britain and died in Britain. So he was not Irish and don't know why it is considered an Irish holiday. But then when you need a reason to party it doesn't really make any sense the reason why. Our focus and priorities should be on a home security today! We take for granted the freedom that we have today and never stop to think the reason why we are free is because men and women did and still do fight for our country. I know we do something for Memorial Day/Veterans Day and it is appreciated, however, to say that we are criticizing the St.Patricks parade is wrong. We take for granted that we can walk in our streets today because of our Vets - and no one can say any different. Sure it is nice to have a good time, and why are we allowed to do this without fear? Because our vets made it happen. And as one person said, unless you are Irish you don't get it says it all. I guess just another reason for the Irish to drink. But for the wrong reason, St. Patrick was not Irish!
Frank Mercuri March 05, 2012 at 08:57 PM
My friend, get the facts complete. Yes he was as you stated but you go no further . He also returned to Ireland to work for the church there and eventually became a bishop of the church in Ireland. You all seem to forget the meaning of being a christian and one is to forgive your enemies, as Patrick did. Usually celebrations come with drinking in any social group. As an Italian decendent first generation, we drink to many things. I drink beer from a geman drinking boot, and love Irish beer, and good wine from around the world. It is an insult to think that the celebration is another excuse for a drinking orgy. That is a small closed mind to make such statements. I just came from celebrating my wife's birthday and had a few. Was that another reason to just want to drink? No it was a salute to my wife for achieving the goal of God keeping her here for another year. That is a celebration. Going back to St. Patrick what he did in Ireland were miracles and for that reason the church proclaimed him a Saint. I'll drink to that!
P. J. Miller March 05, 2012 at 09:21 PM
St. Patrick returned to Ireland as a missionary and after his ordination as a priest he was sent back to Ireland to minister Christianity there and to try and convert the Irish. Britain made him a bishop. He was not Irish. He did forgive his enemies but went back because he was told to. Drinking to any occasion is what we all do. We were simply saying 'in addition to' St.Patrick celebration maybe we should also include our veterans. Is that being closed minded? If it is, then I guess we should all live in fear.
lisa costello March 05, 2012 at 09:25 PM
whoa killjoy,when i said if you're not irish you just don't geit,i wasn't referring to drinking,yes,having a couple of pints may be part of it but honestly there is alittle more to it! i'll repeat if you're not irish you just don't get it! keep in mind many of new yorks finest are of irish descent again put alittle fun in your life.....life is too short. and FYI st patrick was born in wales.
P. J. Miller March 05, 2012 at 09:33 PM
FYI St.Patrick was born in 373, in River Clyde, Roman Britain, now Scotland. While living in Clyde he was taken prisoner by pirates and sold as slave in Ireland. Yeah life is too short, but drinking your way through it is not going to make you live any longer or healthier. Everything in moderation.
lisa costello March 05, 2012 at 09:41 PM
someone keeps missing the point
George McKnight March 06, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I opened this tred with a prayer and hope they close it after this prayer, Thank You Lord for the wonderful weather you Blessed us with on Saturday. Thank You for all the wonderful people who worked on the parade and came out to enjoy it. Thank you for all those who came out to help our friends at the VFW hall. Thank you for giving us a wonderful community that shared a day of friendship, laughter, smiles, music and charity. With your blessing we got to enjoy another great day of life. In closing I leave you with an Irish saying which I think goes well here, May those who love us love us. And those that don’t love us, May God turn their hearts. ... And if He doesn’t turn their hearts, May he turn their ankles, So we’ll know them by their limping Have a HAPPY ST. Patrick's Day
new guy March 06, 2012 at 04:27 PM
god bless george....i needed that smile this morning.
P. J. Miller March 06, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Really - that was not called for. Especially coming from an adult. The point is, if anyone thinks we are missing the point, is that simply stated that now more than ever we should be more aware of & grateful for our military personnel. Many of us, and I do mean many, take it for granted that you can just do whatever and say whatever you want - and the reason you can do that, and more, is because our military has been so diligent in protecting our rights. Our vets deserve a little more than a parade. Obviously many here do not agree with this. Next time we have a national disaster we'll call on the people that marched in the parade on Saturday and let the military take the day off!
Frank Mercuri March 06, 2012 at 09:06 PM
To whom does "really" apply to? There are many comments here and not one of the made any reference that our vets are not a priority? Did you not read the comment I have posted? You are mixing apples and oranges. It has already been stated that there are vet parades and ceremonies done twice a year and these parades and ceremonies are done by vets. The difference is that they are ceremonies of respect, one for those who paid the ultimate price and the other respect to all who served. To make such statemnts as "next time we have a national disaster we'll call on the people who marched in the parade on Saturday and let the military take the day off" is rash but in truth many of those who marched in the parade were first responders, military, Coast Guard Auxillary, veterans and veteran support groups who will go forth and handle the disaster. The military is not forgotten for thy are in our presence at all times and honored. So when I read your comments I feel that you have little knowledge as to what is going on in our great Hamlet.
Earl Frank March 06, 2012 at 09:37 PM
The parade lost all credibility for me the moment I saw kevin Denis wearing the "President" sash. What a fraud and a bum ...
ArmyLife March 07, 2012 at 09:42 AM
@ Frank Adamo @ P.J. Miller you bring up a good point. Maybe you could give us some positive ways, as a town, that we could better serve our veterans? I am the wife of an active duty soldier who has been deployed 2 out of the last 3 years to combat zones. I know I personally look for ways to honor veterans on a regular basis outside of just on specific holidays such as offering daily free tutoring/mentoring to military students and volunteering for the USO. The organizers of the St. Patrick's Day Parade started from scratch to build the parade into what it is now. This involved obtaining financial sponsors, acquiring groups to participate and spending hours of personal free time planning the logistics to carry out such an extensive parade. I know personally that these same committee members are strong advocates for Veterans that have donated their personal time and money to past and present events such as care packages and welcome home ceremonies and even have family members that are currently serving. One of the SPD parade organizers mentioned that he had donated to the Kings Park VFW as they are currently in need of support. They are a great organization that helps with scholarships and town events such as the MDP and they need our help. I would love, love, love if y'all could get in touch with the organizers of the Memorial Day parade to see if you could offer help in building that parade up as well. I think the American Legion is who you can contact to help with the MDP.
KP March 07, 2012 at 01:26 PM
St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland because he brought Christianity to Ireland. When he was sixteen, he was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who attacked his weathly family's home in Britain, and he was held captive as a slave in Ireland for six years. During that time he prayed daily, and he acquired tremendous faith. While in captivity, he heard God's voice tell him that a ship will return him home to his family, and this proved to be true . After being home, he became a priest and a missionary. He then heard another voice telling him to return to Ireland to preach. At the time, Ireland was ruled by barbaric Pagan Kings, and St. Patrick travelled throughtout the country ministering to them, bringing Christianity to Ireland. That's why St. Patrick is venerated and celebrated! The reason for the parade is noble; however, those that get carried away during such a celebration are probably individuals that will use any celebration as an excuse to get carried away!!!
lisa costello March 07, 2012 at 03:06 PM
"How gallantly,indeed,do Irish wit,and cheerfulness, and hospitality,and patriotism ride on the wreck of individual hopes, and sparkle through the very waves of adversity!"
new guy March 07, 2012 at 03:11 PM
why is it every thread here on patch has to become a pissing match?
George McKnight March 07, 2012 at 03:37 PM
@ Home Town, I agree with you thats why I gave the hint to Patch to close this tread. There is or was NO DISRESPECT to anyone or group, just a nice community parade, charity fund raiser and alot of smiles. Hey look the sun is out today and its getting warmer, enjoy your day everyone......
c March 23, 2012 at 01:30 AM
pathetic indeed. guess we do it b/c of large irish population in town b/c of all of the irish immigrants who settled in the area to work at kppc back in the day. how about honoring other cultures?


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