MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Sunday, March 12, was a time for shamrocks, shillelaghs, leprechauns and the “wearing of the green,” as Putnam County celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with its 41st annual parade in Mahopac.

Despite the frigid temperatures, crowds lined Route 6 to watch the third largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York State. The parade is meant to celebrate Irish culture, heritage and pride, for those who have emigrated here from the Emerald Isle, the Irish-American community, as well as those who are Irish in spirit! It featured numerous organizations, bands, clubs, patriotic groups, Irish dancers and an array of participants showing their support of the Irish community.

This year’s grand marshal was the Rev. Joseph P. Tierney, whose first assignment after graduating seminary school was St. John the Evangelist Church in Mahopac where he served as a parish priest for six years.