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Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Walkin’ The Green

Originally Posted: March 11, 2012

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The sweet sound of bagpipes filled the air in Westhampton Beach at the annual Westhampton Beach St. Partick's Day Parade. (Eileen Casey)

Grand Marshal Michael Pitcher. (Eileen Casey)

Westhampton Beach - Floats, boats, bagpipers, drummers, dancers, dogs, and more - the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Westhampton Beach had everyone walkin' the green line on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Michael Pitcher was chosen as this year's Grand Marshal. Pitcher is a former editor of the Hampton Chronicle and Southampton Press, as well as a board member of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Pitcher was the 46th Grand Marshal to lead the parade since it's inception in 1968.

In particular, the selection committee chose Pitcher for his tireless community service work on behalf of the East End Hospice, which plans to break ground on a new facility in Quiogue in 2012. These efforts inspired Pitcher to chose "A Home For Everyone" as this year's parade theme.

The popular parade and beautiful weather drew attendees from far and wide decked out in their finest green to enjoy an afternoon filled with fire engines, police cars, classic and antique cars, military and emergency personnel, fire and police personnel, Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, members of historic societies dressed in period costumes, horses, heavy equipment vehicles, animal rescue organizations, horses, riders, tractors, local school children, marching bands, politicians and pals, and, indeed, everyone certainly did feel at home.

Numerous Pipe And Drums Corps participated in the festivities. (Eileen Casey)

Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.


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Guest (D.J. Caulfield) from Springfield, VA says::
The WHB St. Pat's parade was always the signal to shake off winter and anticipate the ELI spring and summer. And for those of us who preferred a higher level of involvement, there was the journey of building a float. Recalls the days of Magic's, Artful Dodger, Back Stage Cafe (the one I used to run), Bridle Path, The Potato, Marakesh, Sunset Grill, and Scarletts. Yes, i know these are all watering holes, but that was the era. Those were good times.
Mar 15, 2012 2:08 pm


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