Another St. Patrick’s Day parade on Long Island bites the dust.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 7 president, Tom McHugh, confirmed to GreaterBayShore that the East Islip St. Patrick’s Day Parade is officially canceled.
McHugh, the event’s organizer, said the decision to cancel the parade was related to COVID-19 restrictions.
“We are hoping that this will change by next year so that we can have the parade and honor our Grand Marshal Bill LePage,” he said.
While the traditional parade is off the table, McHugh says a small number of the AOH Division 7 members will take a symbolic march along Main Street in East Islip on March 7 in an effort to maintain the annual continuity of the parade.
McHugh assures that those participating will be following social distancing protocols and wearing face masks, along with their division sashes.
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Top: East Islip St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2020 (file photo/credit: Andre Bond).