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The 13th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Cutchogue kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday. George Sullivan of Southold, who has served as the town’s receiver of taxes for more than two decades, will be this year’s grand marshal. (more…)

03/15/14 5:18pm
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Even some of the youngest ones in the crowd had no shortage of enthusiasm during Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cutchogue. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Hundreds of pipers, scouts, local organizations and businesses made their way from Cox Lane all the way to Cutchogue Village while crowds lining Main Road cheered them on at Saturday’s Cutchogue St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

A huge crowd turned out for the festivities, which took place under plenty of sunshine.

See more photos from the parade at northforker.com.

03/17/13 7:00am
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KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Bagpipers march during last week’s Cutchogue St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

St. Patrick’s Day just isn’t the same anymore.

For over a decade the annual celebration of all things Irish — and unfortunately things that have nothing to do Mother Eire (pronounced air-uh, not ear-ree) — meant riding a bus to the Queens-Midtown Tunnel and onto Manhattan’s manic streets for THE parade. The granddaddy of ‘em all, the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade up 5th Avenue in front of hundreds of thousands of people, some of whom are actually not conversing on a cellphone.

That’s the parade any piper worth his salt dreams of. It dates back to 1762 when some homesick Micks and fellow countrymen serving in the British colonial military reconnected to the land of saints and scholars by staging their own March 17 march through lower Manhattan’s narrow streets.

The view from the street is at turns awe-inspiring and terrifying. I played and marched in fair weather and foul, passing St. Patrick’s Cathedral’s imposing Gothic spires, Tiffany’s and other tony shops, the Plaza Hotel and Central Park up to 79th Street. We used to play all the way up to 89th, right to the Guggenheim Museum, but then the city decided it was spending too much on police overtime.

While I think the city looks foolish in its current role as the Sugar Nazi, they heard no complaint from me about loping off those last 10 blocks. Believe me, 30 blocks, much of it uphill, is more than enough.

But I didn’t pipe there last year, nor will I make the march this year. Not sure where I’ll be when this year’s parade steps off on Saturday, on the 16th because the parade is never, ever held on a Sunday, but it’s a safe bet me pipes will remain out in the garage.

The reason is simple. Last year my group, the Peconic Warpipes, fell apart, the victim of internal strife and a lack of interest by many of the senior members. Of course there are other bands out there, including one connected to a Riverhead brewery that rose out of the Warpipes’ ashes, but I have to admit my heart just isn’t in it.

I marched in 10 city parades, in Boston and in dozens of others from the Rockaways to Montauk, but in me sixth decade on this planet the idea of standing in the snow, or rain, waiting for three hours to step off has lost its luster. I am soooooo done with this.

Or so I thought.

That’s not what I was thinking on Saturday as me and the Mrs. watched local dignitaries, Girl Scouts, antique cars, fire trucks, school bands, even a helicopter on a flatbed truck and pipers, of course the pipers, pass us by during Cutchogue’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Now I know how a professional athlete must feel when playing days have passed and the view is from the sidelines or the stands. Well, except that I never drew a seven- or eight-figure salary, had multitudes screaming for my autograph, appeared on Letterman or drove a Lamborghini. Other than that, it’s the exact same thing.

The skirl of the pipes grew louder as the bands marched west on Main Road toward the reviewing stand where they stopped, their tartans gleaming in the sunshine of a glorious pre-spring afternoon. They played for the dignitaries and marched off again. That could have been/should have been me up there. Why am I on the outside looking in? Why am I wearing pants? (Knock it off. You know what I mean.)

Then a couple of former bandmates came up to say hi. Great to see ‘em, but boy did it feel awkward.

Soon the horses clip-clopped by, signaling, for obvious reasons, the parade’s end. The crowd dispersed and we walked the short distance home and into the garage. Just before opening the kitchen door I glanced over at the pipes, lying on a cluttered table by the far wall.

Damn, damn, damn.

03/10/13 9:00am

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | It was a sea of green in Cutchogue for the 9th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday.

The luck of the Irish was evident Saturday afternoon as Cutchogue held its 9th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade under crystal clear skies, with temperatures hovering near 50 degrees.

Hundreds of people watched as bagpipers, dancers and twirlers made their way down Main Street, joined by local first responders, girl scouts, merchants, and several dozen horses and dogs.

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KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | A group of youths participate in the 2011 Cutchogue St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Organizers of the Cutchogue St. Patrick’s Day parade have issued an open invitation to groups that would like to take part in the annual “wearin’ of the green” march down Main Road on Saturday, March 9.

The parade, sponsored by the North Fork Chamber of Commerce and Cutchogue Fire Department, begins at 2 p.m.

For information contact Joe Corso at 734-5959 or peconicretreat.com.

03/10/12 9:03pm
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On a clear and cool Saturday, Cutchogue held its 8th annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade down the Main Road, led by Grand Marshals Diane and Dennis Harkoff, owners of Legends in New Suffolk.

Some 45 organizations took part, including fire departments from Riverhead east, North Fork Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops and two pipe bands. The Mattituck Junior High School marching band made its parade debut this year.

Check out a video by Gianna Volpe below.

03/13/11 1:19pm
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Sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 40s made for a pleasant afternoon Saturday as more than 40 groups of pipe bands, fire departments, dancers and other marchers made their way west on Main Road for the annual Cutchogue St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Community activist Paula Thorp of East Marion led the line of march as grand marshal.

The parade was once again sponsored by the North Fork Chamber of Commerce.


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KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | A trio of children watch the 2011 Cutchogue St. Patrick's Day Parade.