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Ryan Johnson, 8, of East Rockaway enjoys the (Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Ryan Johnson, 8, of East Rockaway enjoys the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

2012 St. Patrick's Day celebrations on Long Island

Irish eyes are smiling all over Long Island as St. Patrick's Day festivities kick off. Check out how LIers are celebrating their Irish heritage.

Eight pipe bands perform during the Patchogue St.
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Eight pipe bands perform during the Patchogue St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday. (March 25, 2012)

As the Patchogue St. Patrick's Day parade marches
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As the Patchogue St. Patrick's Day parade marches down East Main Street, Irish flags wave and people cheer for the participants. (March 25, 2012)

The crowd enjoys the Patchogue St. Patrick's Day
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The crowd enjoys the Patchogue St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday. (March 25, 2012)

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Vendors sell their wares at the curb as
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Vendors sell their wares at the curb as the Patchogue St. Patrick's Day parade passes down East Main Street on Sunday. (March 25, 2012)

The Port Jefferson ferry sails along the line
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The Port Jefferson ferry sails along the line of march at the Patchogue St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday. (March 25, 2012)

Hundreds gathered for the 50th annual St. Patrick's
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Hundreds gathered for the 50th annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Montauk. Floats, pipe and marching bands, and fire departments from all over the Island walked and rode their way from Edgemere Road to Main Street for the second largest parade in New York. (March 25, 2012)

Spectators at the St. Patrick's Day parade in
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Spectators at the St. Patrick's Day parade in Montauk try to catch beads as they're thrown from a passing float. (March 25, 2012)

A bulldog rides shotgun in a car participating
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A bulldog rides shotgun in a car participating in the 50th annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Montauk. (March 25, 2012)

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Volunteers riding a firefighting float in the 50th
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Volunteers riding a firefighting float in the 50th annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Montauk toss beads out to the crowd. (March 25, 2012)

A serviceman hands out beads to spectators at
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A serviceman hands out beads to spectators at the 50th annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Montauk. (March 25, 2012)

Revelers march in the 50th annual St. Patrick's
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Revelers march in the 50th annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Montauk. (March 25, 2012)

Mickey Valcich serves as grand marshal of the
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Mickey Valcich serves as grand marshal of the 50th annual St. Patrick's parade in Montauk. (March 25, 2012)

Hundreds gathered for the 50th annual St. Patrick's
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Hundreds gathered for the 50th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Montauk. Floats, pipe and marching bands, fire departments from all over the Island, walked and rode their way from Edgemere Road to Main Street for the second largest parade in New York. (March 25, 2012)

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Hundreds gathered for the 50th annual St. Patrick's
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Hundreds gathered for the 50th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Montauk. Floats, pipe and marching bands, fire departments from all over the Island, walked and rode their way from Edgemere Road to Main Street for the second largest parade in New York. (March 25, 2012)

Hundreds gathered for the 50th annual St. Patrick's
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Hundreds gathered for the 50th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Montauk. Floats, pipe and marching bands, fire departments from all over the Island, walked and rode their way from Edgemere Road to Main Street for the second largest parade in New York. (March 25, 2012)

Hundreds gathered for the 50th annual St. Patrick's
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Hundreds gathered for the 50th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Montauk. Floats, pipe and marching bands, fire departments from all over the Island, walked and rode their way from Edgemere Road to Main Street for the second largest parade in New York. (March 25, 2012)

Annie Zoitke from Commack was one of the
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Annie Zoitke from Commack was one of the hundreds who gathered for the 50th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Montauk, the second-largest parade in New York. (March 25, 2012)

Six-month-old Francesca Lockwood attends her first St. Patrick's
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Six-month-old Francesca Lockwood attends her first St. Patrick's Parade in Brentwood. (March 24, 2012)

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Holly Nolan brings her dog, Drayco, to the
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Holly Nolan brings her dog, Drayco, to the St. Patrick's Parade in Brentwood. (March 24, 2012)

Teachers from local schools march in the St.
(Credit: Nicole Bartoline)

Teachers from local schools march in the St. Patrick's Parade in Brentwood. (March 24, 2012)

Ryan Johnson, 8, of East Rockaway enjoys the
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Ryan Johnson, 8, of East Rockaway enjoys the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

Members of the 1st Marine Corps District from
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Members of the 1st Marine Corps District from Garden City stand at attention before the start of the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

Casey Owens, 30, is a Marine from Houston
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Casey Owens, 30, is a Marine from Houston who served in Iraq and lost his legs during a battle in September 2004. Casey, who attended the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day parade, is seen holding a picture of his platoon leader, 1st Lt. Ronald Winchester of Rockville Centre, who was killed while on duty in Iraq. (March 24, 2012)

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Anthony Moore, just a year old, isn't too
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Anthony Moore, just a year old, isn't too young to have fun with his dad Kelvin, of Oceanside, at the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

Casey Owens, 30, a Marine from Houston who
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Casey Owens, 30, a Marine from Houston who served in Iraq and lost his legs during battle in September 2004. He is seen with his service dog, Harold, from America's Vet Dogs K-9 Corps. Casey joined thousands that marched in the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade in honor of his platoon leader, 1st Lt. Ronald Winchester of Rockville Centre, who was killed while on duty in Iraq. (March 24, 2012)

Liam Backer, 16, left, and Jack Waxon, 17,
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Liam Backer, 16, left, and Jack Waxon, 17, wear leprechaun outfits for the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

Casey Levey, 9, of West Hempstead sits near
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Casey Levey, 9, of West Hempstead sits near a bass drum from the Local 94 Pipe and Drum Band as she watches the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

Timothy Shaw, 7, of Rockville Centre, is all
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Timothy Shaw, 7, of Rockville Centre, is all smiles at the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

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Sylvester Harris, 70, of Brooklyn, a member of
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Sylvester Harris, 70, of Brooklyn, a member of the Local 94 Pipe and Drum band, practices before the start of the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

An old Metropolitan motorcar slowly makes its way
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An old Metropolitan motorcar slowly makes its way up Maple Avenue during the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

Karoline Camecka, an employee with Regal Carriage in
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Karoline Camecka, an employee with Regal Carriage in Oyster Bay, gets ready to give a ride to paradegoers at the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

Aurelie Douay from Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities
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Aurelie Douay from Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities and 1-year-old service dog Denali attend the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

Ryan Kelly of South Hempstead blows a horn
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Ryan Kelly of South Hempstead blows a horn in approval during the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

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Sonja, a 14-year-old white horse, stands ready to
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Sonja, a 14-year-old white horse, stands ready to pull a carriage up Maple Avenue during the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

Jillian Schunacher, 11, of Rockville Centre and her
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Jillian Schunacher, 11, of Rockville Centre and her friend "Flat Stanley" came out to the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

Members of the 3rd Battalion Fire District participate
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Members of the 3rd Battalion Fire District participate in the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

St. Agnes Cathedral School student Carolyne McDermott, 11,
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

St. Agnes Cathedral School student Carolyne McDermott, 11, attends the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

Girl Scouts Kathryn Shannon, left, and Lizzie York,
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Girl Scouts Kathryn Shannon, left, and Lizzie York, from Troop 829, before the start of the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

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Paradegoers line up to watch the 8th annual
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Paradegoers line up to watch the 8th annual Hampton Bays St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

Two young ladies are clearly enjoying themselves at
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Two young ladies are clearly enjoying themselves at the 8th annual Hampton Bays St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

A woman is seen at the 8th annual
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

A woman is seen at the 8th annual Hampton Bays St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

More than 80 participants including pipe and marching
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

More than 80 participants including pipe and marching bands, floats, fire departments, Irish dance companies, animal shelters and local businesses participated in the 8th annual Hampton Bays St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

More than 80 participants including pipe and marching
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

More than 80 participants including pipe and marching bands, floats, fire departments, Irish dance companies, animal shelters and local businesses participated in the 8th annual Hampton Bays St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

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Erin Fallo, originally from Hampton Bays but who
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Erin Fallo, originally from Hampton Bays but who now lives upstate, attends the 8th annual Hampton Bays St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

Siblings Samantha and Matthew Biondi of Remsenburg attend
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Siblings Samantha and Matthew Biondi of Remsenburg attend the 8th annual Hampton Bays St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

More than 80 participants including pipe and marching
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

More than 80 participants including pipe and marching bands, floats, fire departments, Irish dance companies, animal shelters and local businesses participated in the 8th annual Hampton Bays St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

More than 80 participants including pipe and marching
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

More than 80 participants including pipe and marching bands, floats, fire departments, Irish dance companies, animal shelters and local businesses participated in the 8th annual Hampton Bays St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

More than 80 participants including pipe and marching
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

More than 80 participants including pipe and marching bands, floats, fire departments, Irish dance companies, animal shelters and local businesses participated in the 8th annual Hampton Bays St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

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George Skidmore was grand marshal of the 8th
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George Skidmore was grand marshal of the 8th annual Hampton Bays St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

More than 80 participants including pipe and marching
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

More than 80 participants including pipe and marching bands, floats, fire departments, Irish dance companies, animal shelters and local businesses participated in the 8th annual Hampton Bays St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 24, 2012)

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