Lindenhurst went green this week — in perhaps the biggest way possible.
Village officials announced that Lindy will hold its first-ever St. Patrick’s Day parade this spring. The parade will march through its business district on Saturday, March 26, at 11 a.m.
Trustee RJ Renna said talks of a St. Patrick’s Day parade percolated as the village worked toward revitalizing its business district in recent years. Landing a new Irish pub, Belfast Gastropub, in town became a key catalyst.
“Once these new businesses started to come in, and we finally got an Irish pub in the village called Belfast, we felt this could move forward,” Renna said.
The trustee said he met with Belfast Gastropub owner David Crowe to iron out the plan and formed a 501(c)(3) to donate proceeds made from the day to charity. He added the village hopes business and restaurants in the downtown will see a massive lunch rush following the procession.
“We know all the businesses from downtown are going to benefit tremendously from this,” Renna said. “We booked a bunch of bands already. We already have five pipe bands, and we’re gonna reach out to all the community organizations, the fire department, to try to include them in the parade. It’s going to be a really family oriented parade.”
Prior to the festivities, the village will host a “Green Tie Affair” to honor Peter King, the former New York congressman who will be the parade’s grand marshal. Full details on the affair are still to come.
As for the parade itself, Renna expects a crowd even larger than the one that attended village’s tree lighting.
“Our last tree lighting we did just last weekend, there was easily 2,000 people there,” Renna said. “I wouldn’t even blink an eye if we have 5,000 come to the parade.”