Please Note the NEW location for the Feb. 3, 2018 Emerald Ball is at the Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge #275 on 29 Overocker Road.Click on the Emerald Ball tab
Parade will Proceed, RAIN or SHINE
Mail to: Enda Ryan
499 Depot Hill Road, Poughquag, NY 12570
In the fall of 1995, several members of the community and the Kevin Barry Irish Club gathered together to discuss the idea of a Dutchess County St. Patrick’s Parade. This idea became a fact when, on March 9, 1996, with the help and blessing of St. Mary’s Parish and the Wappingers Falls Village Board, the first Dutchess County St. Patrick’s Parade stepped off, at 1:00 pm -see parade Line Up for details. Now entering our 21st year, the Parade has grown into the very enjoyable and dignified event that attracts thousands of participants and spectators from near and far.
Official Parade Rules
The following rules are for the safety of all parade participants and spectators:
Thank you for your cooperation.
Any organization that wishes to enter a float in the Dutchess County St. Patrick’s Day Parade must file the float theme and design with the parade committee for approval. Float entries must display an Irish Cultural theme and not be obscene or derogatory in nature. A full description of the float must accompany the application. The float must arrive no later than 2 hours before the parade start which is 1:00 pm and be subject to a safety inspection by a Parade Committee member. All floats must adhere to the NYSDOT and DMV rules and regulations for road and travel. The view of the driver must not be obstructed. It is recommended that safety personnel walk alongside the float for the driver’s benefit. On approach of an emergency vehicle, all units must give way and move to the far right as quickly as possible and stop. Each organization must have a representative check in at the registration truck and pick up the number which must be prominently displayed on the float.
Floats without visible number will not be judged.
If a float leaves the line of march, they must use a safety person while re-entering.
All organizations and operators of floats must adhere to the Parade Rules and Float Regulations.
For additional information call Doreen Shepheard–
Trophies for best Irish Cultural Floats to be awarded at
4 pm at the V. F. W. Hall
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P.O. Box 1352
Wappingers Falls, New York 12590
Phone: (845) 297-0800
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