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Roads to close for St. Pat’s parades

Students march in their green finery as part

Students march in their green finery as part of the annual Patchogue Saint Patrick's Parade. Photo Credit: None

As towns around Suffolk prepare for St. Patrick’s Day parades, Suffolk police are issuing notices about road closures and warning parade-goers to behave.

Kings Park’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Saturday at noon, starting on Lou Avenue near Memorial Park, Suffolk police said in a news release. The parade will continue north on East Northport Road and turn east on Main Street to Church Street. Roads near the route will be closed between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The police department will enforce laws against drinking in public and selling alcohol to minors, the release said.

Police will also be at three parades on March 13, they said.

In Ronkonkoma, the parade will begin at 2 p.m. at Portion Road and Patchogue-Holbrook Road.

It will head west on Portion Road, then south on Hawkins Avenue to Church Street. Roads in the area will be closed between 1 and 4 p.m.

The Miller Place/Rocky Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade will start at 1 p.m. The route runs on Route 25A from Miller Place Road in Miller Place to about 150 feet east of Broadway Avenue in Rocky Point.

This portion of the road will be closed from noon to about 3:30 p.m., and parking will be prohibited along the parade route. Traffic will also be detoured, and spectators are asked to remain off the main travel portion of the road during the parade.

In Huntington, the parade will start at 2 p.m. at the intersection of New York and Railroad avenues near the Huntington railroad station. The parade will continue north to Main Street (Route 25A), then turn west to Woodbury Road. Many roads in the area will be closed to traffic between 1 and 4 p.m.

Huntington Town code prohibits peddling or soliciting along the parade route and includes specific regulations with regard to Silly String or similar products within 1,500 feet of parades, police said.

The Explore LI Street Team was at the Huntington St. Patrick's Day parade. (March 14, 2010)

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