The Falta and Ricciardi family never misses the Cutchogue St. Patrick’s Day Parade, simply because it passes right in front of their grandmother’s home on Main Street at Cutchogue Family Farms.
But the ninth annual parade's route also featured a variety of animal spectators. Sniffles Aloysius, a goat, wasn’t in the parade this year because his owner, Eileen Wall of Southold, was worried the fire engines would startle him.
“We’re just observing this year,” she said. “Next year, he’ll be here marching since he handled it so well.”
Lisa Finne and Kate Nickles of Southold were also escorted to the parade by Sweetie Pie and her son, Cocoa Puffs, two ponies from LIttle Red Barn in Jamesport.
Ultimately, the main point of the parade is to give back to the community, Joe Corso said. Corso organized the parade with a couple guys of from the Cutchogue Fire Department in the beginning because nobody in the area had a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Corso also acts as the emcee for the event.
It started as a treat for locals with 22 groups parading down Main Street, but now it’s grown into a much larger event with more than 50 groups.
“It transformed into a North Fork parade,” Corso said. “Everybody gets a thrill out of it. You get to the end of winter and you want to get out and do something fun and this is perfect.”
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