Residents from across Nassau County braced Sunday’s cold and wind for an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the Village of Mineola.
The Irish American Society of Nassau Suffolk and Queens held their 68th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the second time in Mineola. It had previously been held in Garden City.
The parade began with a noon line up at Court House Drive in Garden City.
Marching bands from schools across the county, including Mineola High School and Sewanhaka High School, and other youth groups, including Williston Park Cub Scouts Pack 311, were among the parade marchers.
Local elected officials came out for the celebration. North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello joined the members of the Mineola board of trustees.
Jeff Clark, president of the society, was this year’s grand marshall of the parade.
Following the parade residents were invited back to the society’s center for more festivities.