Greenwich St. Patrick’s parade organizers finalize plans, route: ‘Looking forward to making it happen’

The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Greenwich was last held in March 2019, but it will return in 2022.

The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Greenwich was last held in March 2019, but it will return in 2022.

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GREENWICH — Town leaders and lovers of Irish traditions have finalized plans for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade next month, the first to be held in the community since 2019.

Greenwich police have set the route and the timetable for the marchers, floats, bands and more.

The parade will step off at 2 p.m. March 20 from the Town Hall’s southern parking lot. Participants will proceed to West Putnam Avenue, then head east to Greenwich Avenue. The parade will continue south on Greenwich Avenue to Steamboat Road, where it will disband, according to the police organizers.

Parking restrictions will be in effect starting at 10 a.m. that morning. No parking will be allowed on sections of Greenwich Avenue. In addition, Dayton Avenue will be closed at noon from Field Point Road to the supermarket entrance to serve as a staging area for the parade. Road closures will start around 1:30 p.m.

Shuttle buses will be running from the Island Beach commuter parking to the start of the parade route at Town Hall.

The parade is making its return in 2022 after it was canceled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greenwich Hibernian Association announced.

“Looking forward to making the parade happen this year. Hoping for some nice dry weather,” said James Dougherty, a parade organizer and spokesman for the event.

A full complement of marching bands, floats, antiques cars, dancing troupes and civic organizations are expected to take part in the parade, and Dougherty said more specifics about the event would be made public soon.

John Toner, who served on the Board of Selectmen from 2015 to 2019, will be the grand marshal of the parade. A Greenwich native and the son of Irish immigrants, Toner has also been a longtime volunteer in the community. He also had a long career in banking and served in the Peace Corps.

The association is excited for Toner to serve as grand marshal, after he missed out on the honor in 2020 and 2021, Dougherty said.