Sunday is the big day in Montauk. Eddie Ecker, this year's grand marshal, will lead the 55th annual Montauk Friends of Erin St. Patrick's Day Parade. Here's what you need to know.
The parade steps off from the Montauk Firehouse at 11:30 a.m. and ends at Kirk Park at the west end of the downtown business district. Fire departments from all over Long Island, bands like the American Celtic Pipe Band and the Sio na h'eirann Pipe Band will take part, and there will be plenty of floats from businesses and organizations on the South Fork.
The Long Island Rail Road has added three extra trains on Sunday. There will be two extra morning eastbound trains that get in before the parade at 9:51 and 11:11, and one extra westbound afternoon train that leaves at 1:31. The regularly scheduled train before the parade gets into Montauk at 10:49 a.m., and the regularly scheduled trains afterward leave Montauk at 3:30, 5:35, and 7:33 p.m.
No beverages of any kind will be allowed aboard Montauk branch trains, platforms, or stations on Sunday. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority police will confiscate all beverages — alcoholic or nonalcoholic, opened or unopened — they find on trains.
A full timetable is available online.
Edgemere Street will be closed from Industrial Road to the Plaza at about 11 a.m., about a half-hour before the parade starts, according to East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo. Main Street will be closed from South Emery Street to South Essex Street about 15 minutes before the parade, and both will be closed for its duration.
Festivities begin Friday. The annual grand marshal lunch will take place at Gurney's Resort. At the sold-out event, Mr. Ecker will receive his top hat and shillelagh. Tickets are still available to the cocktail party on Saturday evening, also at Gurney's, from 4 to 8. Tickets are $80 at the door. The public can also meet up with the grand marshal on a pub tour starting at Gurney's afterward. The group will visit the Point Bar and Grill, the Shagwong, East by Northeast, Tauk restaurant, the Memory Motel, and Muse restaurant.
On Sunday, festivities on Main Street start at 10 a.m. with the Montauk Chamber of Commerce's soup sale. Guests can get a cup of soup in a mug for $8. After the parade, the Montauk Friends of Erin and the grand marshal will go on a bus pub tour accompanied by the Amityville Pipe Band. They will visit, in order, Inlet Seafood, the Montauk Fire Department, the Montauk Brewing Company, Liars' Saloon, O'Murphy's Pub, Sammy's restaurant, Swallow, Sail Inn, Harvest restaurant, and the Montauket hotel and restaurant.