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
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!