Here’s to the Luck of the Irish

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Here at The Hampton Bee, we’re keeping it local this St. Patrick Day by celebrating with driftwood ale (pictured above), made by the good folks at Montauk Brewing Co. Connaisseurs, this is an English-style pale ale made with American hops, delicious not just this day, but all year round.

Get your green on…

Speaking of Montauk, the always-impressive, somewhat-feared St. Patrick’s Day parade, hosted by Montauk Friends of Erin, will kick off this Sunday March 22 at 11:30 a.m. at Edgemere Road. This year, the grand marshal is Terry Watson. History buffs, here’s a link to every grand marshal since 1963. Someday, Montauk parade, you will be ours! Ms. Watson, former Montauk School Board member, will be properly feted at an annual luncheon this Friday at Gurney’s, everybody’s favorite oceanside resort. Tickets available here. If you can’t make the lunch, there’s always the gala cocktail party. Wow. We suggest some post-St. Patrick’s events, too. Clearly not much else going on this time of year!

Is it really the second largest parade in New York?

While Friends of Erin claim the Montauk parade is the second largest in New York state (after the famous drunkfest that cruises up 5th Avenue),  we have good sources that tell us the parade in Syracuse, N.Y., is actually the second largest in the state. Indeed, the Syracuse St. Patrick’s Day parade ranks in the top 10 of the entire country. We don’t mean to encourage upstate/downstate rivalry, so maybe Syracuse and Montauk can sit down with a few driftwood ales (or Genny Cream Ales?) and sort this whole thing out.

What’s the shortest?

Interestingly, considering it’s the next town over from Montauk, Amagansett hosts one of the shortest (if not the shortest) parades in the state. This past weekend, the town’s annual “Am O’Gansett” parade started at 12:01 pm on Saturday — and was over by 12:06 p.m., according to the East Hampton Star. Parade participants and watchers immediately decamped to Crossroads Music, a family-owned music store, and Innersleeve Records, a vintage vinyl shop, for live music. We like their style.

Tip of the day

We know there is a lot of confusion about this. A green emblem with four leafs is a four-leafed clover, not a shamrock. Indeed, all you heathens out there, a shamrock has just three leaves, representing the Holy Trinity. Below, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, is a proper shamrock. Note the three leaves. Fun drinking game: Count how many it has after a few driftwood ales.

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