The Miller Place-Rocky Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade, one of the largest of its kind in Suffolk County, returns next month for its 70th annual year.

It is scheduled for Sunday, March 15, starting at 1:00 p.m.

The festivities begin in Miller Place on the corner of 25A and Harrison Avenue. From there, local fire departments lead the marchers eastward, ending at the corner of Broadway and North Country Road in Rocky Point.

The near 3-mile long parade is filled with performances, from dancing to bagpiping.

Instead of a naming a queen and her court this year, the Friends of St. Patrick, which runs the parade, held an essay contest for local high school students.

The winner of the $1,000 prize went to Alexa Zichinelli, a senior from Miller Place High School.

Each year the Friends of St. Patrick, which runs the parade, names a queen and her court. In 2020, instead, the nonprofit award a scholarship fund for the local high schools.

“Alexa wrote an excellent essay on Irish history and lore inspired by her great-great Grandma, Mary Margaret McArdle from County Clare,” said James McElhone of the Friends of St. Patrick.

Make sure to check back to learn about this year’s grand marshal, as well as our photo coverage.

See scenes from last year’s parade below.

last year’s coverage