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86th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2020 by Toni Hoyos ,The New York Extra

Can you imagine 86 years! What a wonderful tradition for the town of Huntington. Started in 1930 by the Huntington Ancient Order of Hibernians [AOH] they have generously organized and paid for this event every year since [except during WWII]. Leading the parade was this years Grand Marshal AOH long time member the Honorable W. Gerard Asher.

The Hon. W. Gerard Asher/Neil Miller/The New York Extra /copyright 2020
The NYPD Emerald Society P&D/Neil Miller/The New York Extra/copyright 2020

Several traditional pipe and drum corps were in attendance including the Emerald Society of NYPD, AOH Huntington and Saint Anthony HS South Huntington to name a few. There was also a motorcycle escort, talented bagpipers and several other entertaining bands.

Street vendor/Neil Miller/The New York Extra/copyright 2020

Thousands of spectators lined the streets of the parade route commencing at Huntington train station proceeding down New York Avenue and Main Street. Push cart vendors selling festive St. Patrick’s day goods, hats, light up necklaces, horns, balloons, flags etc. and of course hot pretzels for a tasty treat. A family friendly, pet friendly event for all to enjoy. Need I say the many restaurants and pubs were open for business and booming! Oh and there was Guinness, lots of Guinness.

David Bayley, uncle and Nick Jr. Godfrey/Neil Miller/The New York Extra/2020
Above gallery ,Happy parade viewers enjoy the parade/Neil Miller/The New York Extra /copyright 2020

So next year grab your date, the family, friends, cousins and even Gramma with a folding chair and come on down to Huntington for a fun filled day. We are all Irish on Saint Paddy’s Day!

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