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Long Islanders Celebrate Irish Day at Parlay Gastropub Restaurant in Rockville Centre

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Patron Jon Arneth celebrates with Cognac Wellerlane on Irish Day at Parlay Gastropub Restaurant in Rockville Centre, New York

Parlay Gastropub Restaurant, Rockville Centre, New York

Long Island residents celebrated Irish Day in Rockville Centre Long Island with the 20th Rockville Center St. Patrick's Parade.  The event took place on Saturday March 19, 2016.

With much anticipation the Parade route begans on the corner of Long Beach Road and Maple Avenue. Marchers headed west on Maple until the street ended.  The parade then took a sharp right turn on  North Park Ave, a quick sharp left onto College Place, continuing onto Quealy Place where paraders past Village Hall and the St. Agnes Cathedral.   Paraders continued on to  the end of Quealy and made a left onto North Village Avenue and a right onto Washington Street coming to an end at Parking Field 2.

The Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Parade is proudly known as the Parade that Cares and Shares -- what a brilliant decision by those founders back in 1997 to build in a way to give back.   The Rockville Centre St Patrick's Parade is the only St. Patrick's Parade that raises money and promotes three different charities each year. In the Parade's 19 years they have raised 933,000 for 58 individual charities.   They are very close to that 1 million dollar raised mark. and with  continued support they may very well reach their goal of surpassing a  million dollars.

This year they add three more charities to the roster.  The organization takes the process in choosing each charity very seriously and are overjoyed by their 2016 Sponsor Charities

The Irish Charity is the Ballinasloe Eagles Special Olympics Club - from Galway Ireland  This is an organization that is dedicated to helping special athletes train and compete at a high level in horseback riding, golf and swimming. Their athletes face many challenges in life but the opportunity to participate in sports brings them many social opportunities for inclusion and the enhancement of their self esteem. They may be 5000+ miles away but because of this partnership everyone knows who they are and just as important they know who Rockville Centre is.

Their National Charity is the Children's Tumor Foundation.  The Children's Tumor Foundation is an organization dedicated to finding effective treatments for the millions of people worldwide living with neurofibromatosis or (NF). NF causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body resulting in many difficult and painful medical conditions. One of the goals of CTF is to expand public awareness of NF to promote earlier and accurate diagnoses by the medical community, increase the non-affected population's understanding of the challenges facing people with NF and encourage financial and other forms of support from public and private sources. This is where the 2016 Parade comes in -- for those who do not know of CTF before this Parade their mission is for all to become aware and to support.   Continued support will go towards treatments and a cure for all the NF Heroes out there.

Michael O’Reilly was Grand Marshall for this years event.  After the parade pedestrians and Rockville Centre residents visited the many restaurants and pubs celebrating Irish Day.  One big  contributer and supporter of the event was Parlay Gastropub Restaurant located at 210 Merrick Rd in Rockville Centre.

Parlay Gastropub offers a creative, high-quality food menu, an extensive specially cocktail list and 40 craft beers.  Beer enthusiast can sample any beer by ordering a beer tasting flight with their meal.  Parlay Gastropub was voted up one hundred brunches in America by Open Table.  You can enjoy a decadent brunch menu of savory and sweet edible items unlike any other trendy eatery in Long Island.

They also serve delicious dinners accompanied by flat screen televisions to watch sport games and a vivacious party atmosphere on the weekends there is always some thing for everyone to enjoy.  The restaurant is open for dinner, happy hour Monday through Friday.  After hours is party night on Fridays and Saturdays and there is always brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

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