The 52nd annual Montauk Friends of Erin St. Patrick's Day parade will bring tens of thousands to Montauk on Sunday. Here are some tips about getting to and from the parade.
The parade starts near the Montauk Firehouse at 11:30 a.m., and heads down Edgemere Road toward Main Street and finally to the Montauk I.G.A., where it will end about two hours later.
East Hampton Town Police Lt. Chris Hatch, the Montauk precinct commander, said the department is anticipating 30,000 to 40,000 parade-goers, as good weather is expected. The weather forecast for Sunday is sunny with a high of about 41 and winds out of the northwest at about 10 to 15 mph.
"We are hoping to keep a very calm and family-oriented atmosphere," he said. "Hopefully everybody will enjoy the day."
At least 63 groups are participating, ranging from marching bands to fire departments from across Long Island, according to Kathy Keller, a member of the Montauk Friends of Erin Ladies Auxiliary who is forming the parade lineup. Lieutenant Hatch said it's one of the largest number the parade has ever had.
Edgemere Road will be closed starting at 10:30 a.m., Mr. Hatch said. "Parade participants should access the staging area by Second House Road to Industrial Road to Edgemere," he said
Main Street will close when the parade steps off at 11:30 a.m. It will be open again by 2 or 2:30 p.m.
If you are taking the train east, the M.T.A. and Long Island Rail Road have announced that no liquids at all will be allowed on the trains.
The L.I.R.R. has scheduled three extra trains for Sunday. Departing Jamaica, the 7:10 a.m. train arrives at 9:51 a.m., the 8:10 a.m. train arrives at 10:46 a.m., and the 10:10 a.m. arrives at 12:53 p.m. There is also an 8:50 a.m. train from Babylon, which arrives in Montauk at 11:01 a.m.
After the parade, westbound trains are scheduled at 1:31 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:35 p.m., and 7:33 p.m.
About 150 police officers from all of the East End agencies as well as the Suffolk County sheriff's office, state and county park police, and M.T.A. police will be on patrol at the parade. Police will not only be on the lookout for drunken drivers, but there will be a zero tolerance policy for open alcohol containers, under-aged drinking, and quality of life issues, Lieutenant Hatch said.
The Suffolk County Fire Rescue Emergency Services command van will be staged at the Montauk precinct, and the Sheriff's B.A.T. Mobile, a self-contained D.W.I. processing center, unit will be staged at the circle.