St. Patrick’s Day parade set for Sunday, police to restrict traffic in area

Greenwich’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will again march down Greenwich Avenue this Sunday. — John Ferris Robben photo

Greenwich’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will again march down Greenwich Avenue this Sunday. — John Ferris Robben photo

It will be a festive day in Central Greenwich on Sunday as the town’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held but drivers should be aware that access to the parade route will be restricted close to parade time.

The 40th annual parade, as always sponsored by the Greenwich Hibernian Association, will begin at Greenwich Town Hall and proceed up Field Point Avenue, turn right onto West Putnam Avenue and then proceed down Greenwich Avenue. There will be no traffic permitted in the area and the Greenwich Police Department announced Friday that access during the parade will be phased out during the early afternoon on Sunday until the parade is complete.

At noon the police will close Dayton Avenue and at 1:30 Field Point Avenue will be closed. Then at 1:45, access on West Putnam Avenue to Greenwich Avenue will be closed off to all traffic to allow for the parade to safely move down the Avenue. By 1:55, p.m., police say all other adjacent roads along the parade route will be closed as the parade itself is set to kick off at 2 p.m.

William Gallagher will serve as grand marshall for the parade and Greenwich Police Marine Technician Sean Fox will have the honor of blowing the ceremonial whistle. According to the Hibernian Association, Mr. Gallagher and his aides, Michael Hyland, Mark Hyland, Joe Gavin, Jim Loughran and Dick O’Connell, will lead the parade. The official reviewing stand will be across form the Greenwich Senior Center. The parade is run by volunteers from the Greenwich Hibernian Association led by Parade Chair Patricia Wilson. The organization raises funds to pay for the parade which costs over $12,000.00 to put on each year.

There will be a contingent of former grand marshals marching in the parade as will several local officials, including the Greenwich Board of Selectmen. This will be a special event as it will mark the parade’s 40th anniversary and several local and civic organizations will be represented.  Plus there will be plenty of traditional bagpipe bands, including the town’s own Greenwich Pipe Band along with Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band and the Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes and Drums.  Greenwich High School and Port Chester High School will be represented by their marching bands.

The Tappan Zee Bridgemen and the Tarrytown VFW Drum Corps will also march in the parade. Local police and fire departments will be well represented. And an annual crowd favorite, the Pyramid Shriners small cars will be there along with clowns and the balloon man to entertain children.

Irish step dancers from the Pender-Keady Academy and Anam Cara Dance School will perform. There will be several floats built by local organizations including the Greenwich Rotary Club, The Order of Redmen, Greenwich Land Trust, Max marine, the Knights of Columbus and the American Red Cross.  Wells Fargo will send its famous stagecoach and Rudy’s Executive Transportation will send a selection of vintage cars.

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