St. Patrick Drives Out the Snakes

One of the 20 floats in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade was presented by Montauk’s St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church.

The photos were taken during the three-week effort to get it ready.

Donna Clark, a former art teacher from Babylon, who now lives in Montauk year-round, and the Rev. Tom Murray, the church’s pastor, chose the theme and the church’s eighth-grade religious education students made the snakes.

The photos show Ms. Clark, Stephanie Krusa, and Sally Krusch, who painted the paper mache model of Ireland.  Father Tom is the float’s St. Patrick and Aida Castro is St. Therese, in costumes made by Rose Modica.  By last week, the float was ready to be loaded onto the trailer that will wend its way along the parade route, with leprechauns and religious education students either on  it or walking by its side.