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St. Patty's Day Parade Cheat Sheet: What You Need to Know For Saturday

Parade route, starting times and other useful items.

There is a lot going on tomorrow so Patch wants to help make it easier for you with a cheat sheet for the day’s events. Here is the low down on parade times, route, where to eat and where to go to keep the party going.

Parade Route- The parade will begin at 12 p.m. on Lou Avenue near Memorial Park in Kings Park and continue north on East Northport Road then turn east on Main Street to Church Street.

The Suffolk County Fourth Precinct has told Patch that many roads in the immediate vicinity will be closed to traffic between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Motorists are advised to find alternate routes and should make every effort to avoid this area.

 The police have also advised us that they will be monitoring for violations of law that prohibit possession of open containers of alcohol.  

 Where to Grab a Bite to Eat. Many local eateries are having food and drink specials before and after the parade. Click here to find out where.

It’s been rumored that there are so many Kings Parkers marching that there won’t be anyone to watch the parade.You don’t need to be Irish and you don’t have to be from Kings Park. We have plenty of reasons why this should be your for tomorrow.

Patch will be providing you with pictures, stories and tweets all about the parade. The committees have worked hard, the prep is done, the Grand Marshal is picked and the town is ready to go so get marching!

For even more information on the parade, including how to purchase a parade day t-shirt, visit the Kings Park St. Patrick's Day Parade website.

Craig L March 05, 2011 at 08:51 PM
Here is a slide show of the 1st Annual Kings Park NY St. Patrick's Day parade http://youtu.be/Q-PsWXzrUGU . great day, great event,great job for everyone who put it together.!!
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) March 05, 2011 at 11:22 PM
These are great Craig! Thanks so much for sharing. It was nice to see some familiar faces on the parade route today!
CommackMom March 06, 2011 at 05:54 AM
Eh, it looked more like the Fireman's Parade with all the fire trucks and vintage autos. Where was the KP high school marching band? They were noticeably absent. Not enough music throughout the lengthy parade. Plus, I saw way too many 'red cups' containing adult beverages amongst the crowd. So much for the aforementioned police 'monitoring of violations' of opened containers of alcohol. But my biggest peeve...who was the D.J. that kicked off the parade? Proper etiquette dictates that the Color Guard with the American flag should lead the parade. Shame, shame. Let's hope organizers get that right next year. Take a tip from the Northport Cow Harbor Parade. Now THAT'S a well-oiled machine.
kathie plant March 06, 2011 at 01:02 PM
Way to go Debbie Downer from Commack - trying to ruin our parade. Well, the Kings Parkers will not let you! We had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed our parade - 10 fire departments and all! This was KP's first foray into the St. Patrick's Day Parade scene, and it was a valiant attempt and a raving success! Everyone there, except you, was smiling and having a grand time. Next year, stay in Commack and enjoy your town's perfectly-planned, alcohol-free parade. Oh wait, you don't have one - pity.
Sean Lehmann March 06, 2011 at 03:56 PM
For a first-time event, the parade was awesome! Everyone had a great time watching and participating. It was the biggest event KP has had and everyone (residents & local business) reaped the parades benefits. The Kings Park "community spirit" is what makes this town the best on Long Island. Many thanks to the parade planners, participants and especially the KP residents! You are the BEST!!!!!
Kenyon Hopkin March 06, 2011 at 05:19 PM
i agree about the MC sorta "kickstarting" the parade and the "put your hands up and wave them" thing was a little out of place but there was enough space in between the truck he was on till when the real actual parade started. i think he was just there to get people more excited, like when a comedian comes out prior to the recording of a late night talk show. but yea, it probably wasn't necessary.
Maureen Rossi March 06, 2011 at 07:23 PM
I disagree with Commack mom - I marched in the parade for a non-profit I am involved with and then ran into the crowd to cover it for KP Patch (take photos) and I did NOT see alot of people with red cups at all! It was really a lovely family and community event.
waldo March 06, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Debbie downer from commack, wheres commacks parade! This is called a real down to earth community. Kings Park needed this after losing a war hero,so stay in commack and dont come next year.
Rose March 06, 2011 at 09:42 PM
I have a feeling CommackMom didn't stay long at the parade, if she was even there, because KPHS marching band WAS in the parade, we marched right behind them. And music? There were plenty of pipe bands and step dancers. For a first time parade, it was an excellent job. Every party has a pooper...
Beth LaFantano March 07, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Who better to respond to CommackMom about the band than the band director? The Kings Park Marching Band that marched with pride in yesterday's parade was a combined effort of high school and middle school students, ranging from grades 6-12. All 155 students volunteered to be there and had a great time doing it. When this parade became a reality, many high school musicians, along with their teachers had a committment at our high school, all day Saturday. We worked together to create a band that represented two schools. Don't create trouble where there isn't any. Kings Park is proud of our kids and our community. This town is about people working together and helping each other. The parade is a perfect example of that. Sorry you didn't like it. Maybe you could volunteer your time to help plan something this large in Commack next year. Good luck to you.
Cathy Clausen March 07, 2011 at 02:02 AM
I think the parade was awesome. I walked with my grandson's daycare group. Everyone had a great time, and we plan to do it again and with more time to plan for it, it will be even better. And not for nothing, but I enjoyed it unbelievably more than doing the Commack Memorial Day parade when my son was in scouts there. The civic pride and involvement Saturday was terrific, and I am a very proud Kings Parker
CommackMom March 07, 2011 at 05:14 AM
Apparently, comments from an outsider aren't welcome in Kings Park. I was stating my opinion and relaying what I had witnessed. Maureen, while you may not have seen a lot (that's two words, BTW) of red cups, you shouldn't have seen ANY. From my vantage point I saw many - too many - especially for an event that was supposedly being monitored by the police. At least that's how Patch reported it. Thank you, Kenyon for recognizing the oddity of the D.J. 'warming up' the crowd and leading the march. That brings me back to my original observation regarding the absence of the American flag leading the parade; especially in light of the recent loss of Seamus Byrne. None of you seemed to have any comment about the (mis)placement of the Color Guard. Please accept my apology for the oversight with respect to the KP high school marching band. Beth, I saw the group you were directing and I did not realize it was a 'combined' band of middle schoolers AND high school students. You work hard. The kids work hard. School bands are a great source of pride in a community and I would never minimize the efforts of the children. Well done! My comments were not meant to rain on anyone's parade. I was stating my opinion. No mean spirit intended. I did not bash anyone or resort to name calling as some of you have. Some of you chose to make childish digs at the lack of a parade in Commack - so be it. Recognize there's always room for improvement. Looking forward to next year!
CommackMom March 07, 2011 at 05:17 AM
AND...Kudos to the brave soul who wore the green costume. You know who you are! You've got nothing to be ashamed of! LOL. Thanks for the laugh :)
kathie plant March 07, 2011 at 01:04 PM
Debbie Downer, No "mean spirit intended?" Really? Really? Re-read your post, and please highlight anything that wasn't mean spirited. You couldn't even say one, itty-bitty, nice thing about our parade. Of course we're going to take that personally. Kevin Denis and the parade committee worked hard, and their work was worthy of commendation, not condemnation! Kudos to Denis, the parade committee, and the KPers who came out to march and to cheer. But, most of all, thanks to all of the out-of-towners that came to KP and appreciated our fine parade too. We'd love to have you back next year!!

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