Montauk Friends of Erin

The Montauk Friends of Erin was founded in 1961 as a civic and social association. Their main purpose was to organize and raise funds for a St. Patrick’s Day Parade that would bring the dreary winter to an end, and welcome spring with a joyous and festive Irish celebration. The original 12 members would be very happy to see how their idea has prospered over the 45 plus years. It has been estimated that 40,000 spectators and supporters
attend this annual event. The Parade is still the main goal, and the Friends have expanded their fundraising to meet the ever-escalating cost of putting on such an exciting event. They have also broadened their purpose to include scholarships for outstanding students along with sponsoring little league activities for boys and girls and they sponsor the annual holiday tree lighting with a visit by Santa for young and old. This Parade is a community effort and could not be as successful without the support of the Town of East Hampton, Town Police, Montauk Fire
Department, Chamber of Commerce and the entire business community along with all the volunteers who join in to complete the team.