St. Patrick's Day Events and Free Parades on Long Island for Kids

Celebrate your Irishness at the Glen Cove  St. Patrick's Day parade,
Celebrate your Irishness at the Glen Cove St. Patrick's Day parade,

Few regions celebrate their Irish heritage better than Long Island. After a two-year pandemic pause, St. Patrick's Day parades are stepping off this month with grand fanfare. 

From Rockville Centre to Montauk, from the first weekend of March till the last, Main Streets across the Island come alive with pipers, parade marchers, traditional food, music, dance, and more. Huntington itself swells with visitors on the second Sunday of March, when one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day gatherings in New York State kicks off in the village downtown. That Huntington parade is dwarfed perhaps only by New York’s City’s celebration, which this year is Thursday, March 17.

Most of these events are low cost or FREE, ideal for families, and appropriate for first-generation Irish-Americans or those who are just Irish for a day.

Read on for our favorites from among the parades that will take place in Patrick’s honor this month on the Island. Click through for details, including parade routes, dates, times, and more. As always, see our Long Island Events Calendar and review of great March things to do for the best in family entertainment all month long.

Places featured in this article:


St. Martin of Tours church

The Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens

Farmingdale St. Patrick's Day Parade

Huntington Train Station

The Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade

Hampton Bays Elementary School

Montauk Friends of Erin St. Patrick's Day Parade

Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library

Suffolk County Farm & Education Center
Encanto Camp at Ballet Long Island
Ballet Long Island - 9:00 AM Pick
Curious Kids Club: Galaxy Jars at LICM
Long Island Children's Museum - 1:00 PM Pick
After-school STEAM Workshop at Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center - 3:30 PM Pick
Southampton Concerts at the Park
Agawam Park - 6:30 PM Pick
Valley Stream's Summer Concert Series
Valley Stream Village Hall - 8:00 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides