Despite temperatures around freezing on Saturday, the streets of Rockaway were packed with revelers wearing green and symbols of the Emerald Isle to celebrate the annual Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade.
This year’s grand marshal was William Lynn, the business manager of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30.
Joining Lynn and the parade goers were various elected officials and community leaders, all accompanied by bagpipes and drums as they marched down Newport Avenue.
Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato took part in her first parade as an elected official. She marched as a deputy grand marshal.
“I’ve been coming to the Queens County Parade since I was a kid, and my kids grew up coming,” she said. “The parade is fun, it’s historic, and it’s one of the wonderful, festive occasions that make living in this diverse community such a delight year-round.”