By Michael White
The 55th Annual John P. Reilly Memorial St. Patrick’s Day Parade is all set for Sunday, March 1, in East Islip.
The parade in East Islip is always the first Sunday of March, and has traditionally been among the first on Long Island each year — if not the first, as it is this year.
The parade steps off at 2 p.m., starting at the East Islip Public Library at 381 East Main Street. It then heads west on Main Street to Irish Lane.
The 2020 Grand Marshal is Tom Davis, who’s an immediate past president of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians Division 7, East Islip, which organizes the parade. (His full bio appears below, courtesy of the Hibernians.)
The Ladies Aide to the Grand Marshal is Cathie Norton Doherty, the incoming president of the Lady’s Ancient Order of the Hibernians, East Islip Division 7, and a U.S. Navy veteran.
“We’re looking forward to the parade,” said Dr. David Ring, who chairs the organizing committee. “We have never cancelled since 1966. The only reason why we ever [cancel] would be if Suffolk County declared a State Of Emergency. So rain, snow, or whatever, we’ll be going on March 1.”