Rockville Centre will be holding its 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade on March 22. The grand marshal for this year’s parade is Rockville Centre resident Sean O’Rourke.
Due to road work along the normal parade route, this year’s parade will take more of a winding path through Rockville Centre. Most of it will be on Grand Avenue, a block north of the usual Maple Avenue.
Every year, the parade — which bills itself as “The Parade that Cares and Shares” — donates money to three charities. One is a local charity, one is national and one is Irish. This year’s charities are New Ground, The Angelman Syndrome Foundation and the Feis Committee of the Ancient Order of Hibernians’ Nassau County Board. Over the lifetime of the parade, it has donated $788,000 to 51 charities.
Parade day starts with a commemorative mass at St. Agnes Cathedral at 9 a.m. Then the parade steps off promptly at noon.