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Despite rain, crowds turn out for Patchogue parade
The wind was chilly and the skies were gray, but the spirit of the Patchogue St. Patrick's parade was as green as ever on Sunday.
Residents, and even those from neighboring towns, watched as pipe bands, floats and fire departments made their way down East Main Street, after the annual “May the Road Rise to Meet Ye” 4-mile race.
There were people of all ages, sitting on the sidelines, wearing green shirts, waving Irish flags and sporting big green furry hats with leprechauns in them or four-leaf clovers.
“The kids liked it,” said Jaime Murphy, of Patchogue, as she stood on the sidewalk with her husband and three children. She was among the many who enjoyed the music the most.
“The parade was wonderful,” Kathleen Henchey of Smithtown said.
Wearing green buttons and shirts, Henchey was with her son, Daniel, and their maltese, Maggie May, which had a green ribbon on its head and a St. Patrick’s Day button on its pink coat.
“This is one of the best,” said Henchey, who has been to three St. Patrick's Day parades this season.
While the weather was a bit discouraging, they still had a good time.
“You can’t have everything,” she said. “Just happy to be Irish.”
For Mary Skinnon of Oakdale, who played the bagpipe in the Tara Pipes and Drums band, the Patchogue parade was the last one for the season, and the weather didn’t affect it at all. She also described the parade as well-organized.
As the festivites came to a close, the skies started to open up a bit with a light drizzle. But the smiles on the faces of those walking away didn't fade.
“It’s a great celebration when you’re Irish,” Henchey said.
Pictured: Daniel Henchey and his mother, Kathleen, both of Smithtown, attend the Patchogue St. Patrick's Day parade with their Maltese Maggie May. (March 25, 2012)