St. Patrick's Day Arrived Early in Amagansett

Joan Tulp was the grand marshal of the Am O'Gansett Parade. Behind her were, at left, Tyler Armstrong, this year's Mr. Amagansett, and East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky. Durell Godfrey Photos

A bitter wind blew out of the northwest on Saturday, keeping many spectators at the annual Am O'Gansett Parade in their cars until the moment the marchers turned the corner onto Main Street, but despite the 20-something temperatures, the event was a cheery one.

Bundled against the cold, participants and spectators alike made quick work of the already short parade, which departs from the parking lot near Mary's Marvelous, heads to the west end of the business district, and then returns a few minutes later. All told it covers the equivalent of little more than a city block.

This year's grand marshal was Joan Tulp. She was joined at the head of the parade by Tyler Armstrong, this year's Mr. Amagansett. She had her own cheering section along the short parade route; a number of family members sported Kelly green Team Tulp T-Shirts over their winter layers. Past Mr. Amagansetts marched as well, among them East Hampton Town Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc, who wore the crown in 2014.

Members of the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad and a contingent from the Montauk Friends of Erin marched, and Girl Scouts were well represented. Fire trucks from a number of departments brought up the rear, but there were no bagpipers this year as there have been in warmer years past.

Marcum Lockwood, Kate Keith, and young Charlie, Margaret, and Bridget Lockwood were in the spirit. Durell Godfrey
A contingent from the Montauk Friends of Erin, who have their own considerably larger parade on March 26, turned out for Amagansett's celebration on Saturday. Durell Godfrey
Brownies from East Hampton's Troop 581 sold cookies Girl Scout cookies before the parade and then joined the marchers.Durell Godfrey
Some of Troop 1288 used their leprechaun beards to their advantage on the chilly day.Durell Godfrey
Second-grade Brownies from East Hampton made a strong showing.Durell Godfrey
East Hampton Town Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc, the 2014 Mr. Amagansett, wore his golden clamshell with pride.Durell Godfrey
East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky was happy to be there.Durell Godfrey