Trophy Results are in: St. Patrick’s Day Parade makes its return since pandemic in Pearl River

Photo: Jess Warren
Photo: Jess Warren

Although it was a cloudy day in Pearl River, not a single raindrop came down on their 58th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 20. After two years of the parade being put to a halt due to the pandemic, thousands of people came out to celebrate Pearl River’s very own version of Christmas.

The parade was seen making its way towards the crowded South Main St. village, where most of the Irish festivities were taking place. The parade was led by Grand Marshal Frank McDonagh, starting at the Pfizer Parking lot, and consited of pipe bands, school marching bands, classic cars and utiliity trucks from across Rockland.

Thousands of residents crowded both sides of Pearl River’s main street, and packed into the local bars and resturants to celebrate the return of the parade. “This is my first time in Pearl River, I’m extremely impressed with the great energy and I definitely don’t regret coming,” said Rockland native Aaron Watson.

To top off the fun event, Pearl River’s Ancient Order of Hiberians and the Town of Orangetown, who orginze the annual parade, presnted trophies and honor memorials to the most well recived particpants in the march. 

The 2022 Pearl River St. Patrick’s Day Parade Winners are:

1st Place Large Pipe Band – Police Pipes & Drums       – Bergen County

1st Place Small Pipe Band – Bergen Irish

Irish Cultures Organization – Pearl River School of Irish Music

2nd Place Large Pipe Band – Port Authority Pipes and Drums

2nd Place Small Pipe Band – Kerry Pipers

3rd Place Large Pipe Band – FDNY Pipes & Drums

3rd Place Small Pipe Band – Pipes & Drums of Police Em. Soc. of Westchester

Color/Honor Guard – Paramus Police Dep. Honor Guard

Elementary School – Saint Margaret’s

Government Agencies – Pearl River Fire Department

High School Band – East Ramapo High School

Irish Counties – County Offoly

Special Organizations – Buddy Ball

Catholic Organizations – St. Peter and Paul 

Ukrainian Church

High School of Dance – Lynn High School

Veteran’s Org. Color Guard and Members 

R.C. Marine Corp League

Congratulations to all of the trophy winners from the Rockland County Times!