Glen Cove celebrates its Irish heritage on March 17. Photo courtesy of the Glen Cove Hibernians
Glen Cove celebrates its Irish heritage on March 17. Photo courtesy of the Glen Cove Hibernians

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

Few regions celebrate their Irish heritage better than Long Island.

From Rockville Centre(POSTPONED) 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 Saturday, March 16.

We here at Mommy Poppins have all you need to get into the spirit of the season, beginning with the Kings Park parade on Saturday, March 2 and climaxing with Jamesport’s on Saturday March 30. 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 20-plus 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 March GoList for the best in family entertainment all month long.

Kids, floats, animals, and, yes, leprechauns are part of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Kings Park. Photo courtesy of Kings Park St. Patrick's Day Parade

LI’s Earliest St. Patrick’s Day Parade — Kings Park
Saturday, March 2
Kings Park has the honor of beginning Long Island’s parade season. Usually found in the rear of the parade, this year's grand marshals, the Nally brothers, will lead the way followed by pipe bands, floats, and the marching community beginning at noon. FREE

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Bethpage parade. Photo courtesy of the event

Bethpage 28th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade — Bethpage
Sunday, March 3
The day begins with a 1pm Mass at St. Martin of Tours church on Central Avenue. The parade steps off at 2pm in front of the church. FREE

Food, Fun, and Music at the Irish American Society — Mineola
Sunday, March 3
The cultural center opens at 2pm at the conclusion of Mineola’s parade. FREE

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Enjoy traditional Irish dancing at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site. Photo courtesy of Walt Whitman Birthplace

Irish Dance for Children — Huntington Station
Sunday, March 3
Enjoy a performance by teachers and students of the Mulvihill-Lynch Studio of Irish Dance. Learn about the art form, its costumes, traditions, and more at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site.

St. Patrick's Day East Islip Parade — East Islip
Sunday, March 3
The parade starts at 2pm, but you and the family can enjoy a nice Irish lunch beforehand at the Hometown Cafe East Islip. The restaurant will have a heated tent serving corned beef sandwiches, as well as other traditional delicacies. FREE

St. Patrick's Day Celebration — Stony Brook
Sunday, March 3
Enjoy live Irish music and dance from 1:30 to 4:30pm at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational and Cultural Center. Bakers: Be sure to check out the Irish soda bread competition. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children younger than 12. 

Irish Heritage Cooking — Bayville
Tuesday, March 5
Chef Barbara Sheridan leads this Irish cooking class at Bayville Free Library. Come with an empty stomach as there will be lots to sample. $5 fee and advance registration required. 

Over the Rainbow Cupcakes — Huntington Station
Wednesday, March 6
Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade can decorate St. Patrick's Day cupcakes at the Huntington Station Library. Advance registration is required. FREE

Bay Shore-Brightwaters Parade — Bay Shore
Saturday, March 9
The parade steps off at 2pm rain or shine. FREE

Cutchogue St. Patrick’s Day Parade — Cutchogue
Saturday, March 9
Join local merchants, sports teams, and the Cutchogue Fire Department at the North Fork’s largest parade, stepping off at 2pm. FREE

52nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade — Westhampton Beach
Saturday, March 9
The East End community recognizes Irish-American traditions and its hometown heroes. The theme this year is "Dawg Days of Summer," so expect to see some fun floats. FREE

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the 8 th Annual parade in Farmingdale. Photos by Bill Moseley, BBA Photography Corp.

Farmingdale St. Patrick's Day Parade — Farmingdale
Sunday, March 10
Parade step-off is at 1pm at Northside School, ending at the village green, where there will be shamrock photo-ops. FREE

Cheer on all things Irish at Huntington’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Photo by Cliff Weissman Photography

Huntington St. Patrick’s Day Parade — Huntington Village
Sunday, March 10
The 85th edition of the parade begins near the Long Island Rail Road station. Arrive early: More than 50,000 villagers and visitors are expected to gather to recognize grand marshal,Tim Rossiter. FREE

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The Irish Festival at Hofstra University is a fun-filled day for all ages. Photo courtesy of the university

Irish Festival — Hofstra University, Hempstead
Sunday, March 10
Celebrate two decades of this cultural festival with traditional music, dance, food, and more at Hofstra.

St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt  — Babylon
Friday, March 15
Come to the Babylon Library between 3 and 4:30pm for crafts. There is even a leprechaun scavenger hunt. FREE

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Key to My Art offers an artsy St. Patrick's Day celebration. Photo courtesy of Key to My Art

Key to My Art St. Patrick's Day Event — East Rockaway
Kids 5 and older can be dropped off at 2pm to paint a St. Patrick's Day owl. Cost of $20 per child includes supplies and canvas.

St. Patrick's Day Parade — St. James
Saturday, March 16
Step-off is at 1pm. The parade of floats, dancers, and musicians travels along Lake Avenue from Woodlawn to Railroad Avenue. FREE

Friends of St. Patrick Parade — Miller Place-Rocky Point
Sunday, March 17
The neighboring communities in Suffolk County host their 68th annual parade, beginning along Harrison Avenue in Miller Place and ending at North Country Road in Rocky Point. FREE

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner — Southold
Saturday, March 17
Kids should wear their best alien green to a traditional Irish feast at the Custer Institute Observatory. Enjoy the night sky from the popular North Fork planetarium. RSVP by March 14.

Glen Cove Hibernians St. Patrick's Day Parade  — Glen Cove
Sunday, March 17
The largest annual parade in Glen Cove is followed by a family-friendly party at St. Patrick’s Church parish hall. FREE

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Wear some green and join the runners at St. Patrick's Day festivities In Patchogue. Photo courtesy of the event

"May the Road Rise to Meet Ye” 5K Run, Walk and Parade — Patchogue
Sunday, March 17
The annual road race for families precedes the parade along Main Street in Patchogue’s emerging downtown. FREE

St. Patrick’s Day Parade for Charity — Rockville Centre — POSTPONED
Saturday, March 23
Celebrate the village’s 23rd annual parade and one of the season’s premier charity fundraisers. FREE

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Arrive early to glimpse the pageantry of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Montauk. Photo courtesy of Friends of Erin

Friends of Erin St. Patrick's Day Parade — Montauk
Sunday, March 24
Montauk's parade is one of the largest St. Patrick’s parades in New York State. Arrive early for a good vantage point. FREE

Bayport-Blue Point Parade — Bayport
Sunday, March 24
The sister communities celebrate their Irish heritage with a parade down Montauk Highway beginning at 11am. Rescheduled from Sunday, March 10. FREE

Ronkonkoma St. Patrick's Day Parade — Ronkonkoma
Sunday, March 24
The parade steps off at 2pm on the corner of Patchogue-Holbrook Road and Portion Road. FREE

Sixth Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade — Jamesport
Saturday, March 30
Finish your St. Patrick's Day celebrations with the Mattituck Irish Step Dancers, Cathy Stringer Horse Show, first-responders, and others as they parade down North Railroad Avenue and Washington Avenue. The parade steps off at 1pm. FREE 

This article is updated annually.

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