A bitter wind blew out of the northwest on Saturday, keeping many spectators at the annual Am O'Gansett Parade in their cars until the moment the marchers turned the corner onto Main Street, but despite the 20-something temperatures, the event was a cheery one.
Bundled against the cold, participants and spectators alike made quick work of the already short parade, which departs from the parking lot near Mary's Marvelous, heads to the west end of the business district, and then returns a few minutes later. All told it covers the equivalent of little more than a city block.
This year's grand marshal was Joan Tulp. She was joined at the head of the parade by Tyler Armstrong, this year's Mr. Amagansett. She had her own cheering section along the short parade route; a number of family members sported Kelly green Team Tulp T-Shirts over their winter layers. Past Mr. Amagansetts marched as well, among them East Hampton Town Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc, who wore the crown in 2014.
Members of the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad and a contingent from the Montauk Friends of Erin marched, and Girl Scouts were well represented. Fire trucks from a number of departments brought up the rear, but there were no bagpipers this year as there have been in warmer years past.