St. Patrick’s Day to make its Main Street return

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The much-loved, honored tradition of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, hosted by the Bayport-Blue Point Chamber, is slated to make a return after two years of pandemic hiatus on Sunday, March 13 at 11 a.m.

The grand marshal will be Matt McGuire, who was originally to serve in the 2020 parade that was canceled only three days before taking place.

The event is also meant to celebrate the life and influence of Tom Reid, publisher of beloved, good-time local paper, The Bayport-Blue Point Gazette, which started as the Irish Gazette, the single revenue source of the parade.

“Tom was an unbelievable force in the community and his influence lives on,” said Lenore Prezioso, who is the director of the parade for the BBP Chamber and former grand marshal.

With pipe bands, local Girl and Boy Scout troops, chamber members, and fire departments contacted, the parade is shaping up to be a roaring comeback after two years of being shuttered by COVID-19.

“On the first day of signup, I got nine applications,” said Prezioso.

Local community members have celebrated the event for over 30 years, with many hosting parties and get-togethers the day of the parade.

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