Rockland County prepares for the wear'in o' the green at St. Patrick's Day Parade extravaganza in Pearl River

Today, News 12's Katerina Belales is visiting local businesses as they prepare for the festivities, exploring what they have to offer for parade attendees.

Katerina Belales

Mar 15, 2024, 4:20 PM

Updated 71 days ago


Rockland County is abuzz with anticipation for the upcoming weekend, with the focal point being the 60th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Pearl River.
As the second largest St. Patrick's Parade in New York state, the Rockland County tradition gives an economic boost to businesses in Pearl River and the surrounding communities every year.
Orangetown Town Supervisor Teresa Kenny shares that the parade introduces Pearl River to thousands of people, many of whom have even made calls after the holiday to buy a home in the hamlet. On a day with great weather, up to 30,000 people attend the annual event, turning to local businesses to celebrate the Irish holiday in multiple ways.
Gift shops like the Danu Gallery and pubs like Murty's Publick House say it's one of the busiest, if not the busiest, day of the year. "A lot of foot traffic on that day. People will shop at the last minute for their sweaters and blankets and stuff that they can celebrate the parade. So it's a busy, busy day for everybody," says Karen Curran, owner of The Danu Gallery.
"Everybody comes out that day, and it's a great family day. A great day for the pub. A great day for business. Just a great day for Pearl River," adds Kevin Murtagh, owner of Murty's Publick House.
If you're interested in coming out to celebrate and support many of these businesses, the Rockland County St. Patrick's Day Parade is happening this Sunday. The annual tradition kicks off at 1:30 p.m. in the Pfizer parking lot.
Katerina's 5 a.m. report
Luigi O'Grady's Deli & Catering shows off their homemade treats
The Danu Gallery is a Celtic store is located in the heart of Pearl River
Murty's Publick House has been serving up Irish favorites for 22 years
Katerina sits down with Neil Cosgrove, Grand Marshal of this year's parade
Dermot Moore, President of the Rockland County Ancient Order of Hibernians, plays a tune on the bagpipes and talks about what it takes to put together this huge parade
Katerina visits The Gracie Rose, a tea shop specializing in Irish cuisine and food products

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