It is Monday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day and Rocklanders are celebrating the official holiday as well as gearing up for the big Pearl River Parade on Sunday, March 23.
Across the county celebrants can be found with family and at local parties, pubs and restaurants. Thousands more have flocked to New Y ork City for the biggest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the United States. Many have taken a three-day weekend to celebrate even if they are not Irish any other day of the other year.
One local Irish-American restaurateur who does St. Patrick’s Day right is Kevin Lynch, co-owner of Lynch’s Restaurant in Stony Point. On Sunday, Lynch’s featured a buffet complete with corned beef and cabbage, sausage, bacon, chicken, fish filet, potatoes, omelets and more to choose from. That was only a preparation for the grand buffet today: $10 lunch and $18 dinner.
Dozens of other restaurants and pubs across Rockland are also offering St. Patrick’s specials.
On Sunday, the Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place in Pearl River, opening at 1:30 p.m. You’ll want to consider getting there at least 90 minutes beforehand to find a comfortable spot along the parade route, which starts at the Pfizer plant on Middletown Road and ends at the bottom of Central Ave. in the heart of downtown Pearl River. It is the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York State.