One of Long Island's largest and oldest St. Patrick's Day parades will be getting a little special attention to ensure the safety and pleasure of its participants and spectators, Suffolk County police said Tuesday.
For Sunday's Miller Place-Rocky Point event, which begins at noon, the Seventh Precinct is asking parade-goers to be aware of guidelines for travel and parking as well as the Town of Brookhaven ordinance that prohibits open containers of alcohol.
Motorists are expected to remain off the main route of the parade, about 2.5 miles of Route 25A through Miller Place, Sound Beach and Rocky Point.
Parking also is prohibited on Route 25A from Miller Place Road in Miller Place to just east of Broadway Avenue in Rocky Point, police said.
That stretch will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to about 3 p.m., and traffic will be detoured to an alternate route.
Police also will monitor for violations of the town ordinance that prohibits possession of open containers of alcohol. An ordinance violation could result in a $250 fine or up to 15 days in jail, police said.
This year marks the 62nd parade for Miller Place-Rocky Point, and is expected to draw 40,000 to 45,000 spectators and more than 2,500 participants, said parade chairman Walter Colleran.
Event organizers have said the Miller Place-Rocky Point parade is the largest and second-oldest on Long Island.