The 32nd Annual Glen Cove Saint Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on Sunday, March 22, 2020. The parade is the premier St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Long Island.
The Grand Marshal of this year’s parade is Gerard “Gerry” Herbert. Gerry is a native of County Galway, Ireland and a longtime resident of Glen Cove, where he runs a successful HVAC business and has for many years been deeply involved in running the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Aides to the Grand Marshal are educator Carolyn Masterson McGillicuddy and auto specialist Eric Hill. The Grand Marshal and Aides will be installed at an Irish “Hooley”, a fun and informal Irish house-party style event held at St. Rocco Parish Hall in Glen Cove on Saturday night, February 15 from 6 – 10 pm; donation $15.
The Parade has taken place annually since 1989. It has grown to be the largest annual parade in Glen Cove and is a joyous celebration, a first sign of Spring eagerly awaited each year by residents of the North Shore and all of Long Island.
The Parade begins to form up at 12 noon in the area of the Finley Middle School on Forest Avenue. It steps off at 1 pm, following the usual route through downtown Glen Cove to St. Patrick’s Church. There is very ample parking in the municipal garages and at the end of the parade route. Shuttle buses will run between the parking areas and the formation area.
The parade is followed by a family-friendly post-parade party at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, at the end of the parade route. Admission is $15 and includes an authentic Irish meal, music, raffles, Irish stepdancers and pipers and an Irish sodabread contest.
The heart of the parade, as always, will be its exciting mix of marching groups, including many bands of Irish pipers and other bands, along with vintage cars, costumed performers, face painters, fire and police units and much more. The parade is a true community celebration of the coming of Spring with many of our areas’ ethnic organizations, often in costume, taking part. Come, join the fun!