After marching in the 50th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Pearl River, members of the Hudson Valley Regional Police Pipes and Drums band performed for the St. Patrick's Day weekend crowd gathered at Emmett's Castle, the restaurant at Blue Hill Golf Course in Pearl River.
The band, wearing their rugby-style uniform shirts and kilts, visited to restaurant to continue a tradition of playing after the parade. Previously, the unit went to the home of Emmett Woods of Pearl River to perform after the parade. But now that Woods is the new operator of the restaurant at the golf course, the band was invited to stop there after the parade.
About the band (from the band's web site):
Our band was formed in March of 2000 by a small group of law enforcement officers who played in various civilian bagpipe bands in the Hudson Valley Region. We began with ten members who had a mutual desire to serve our community and within two years have almost tripled in membership and we continue to grow today. We are comprised of law enforcement officers who are employed or reside within the Hudson Valley Region and are of Irish descent. It is our commitment to assist our community by providing quality entertainment in a variety of ways. We have donated our services and performed at events such as police graduations, awards ceremonies, police memorials, Dare Graduations throughout the Hudson Valley, at Valley Central High School with Det. Stephen McDonald, the NY-COPS Foundation on the Intrepid with the Hon. Governor George Pataki, the International Hotel and Restaurant Trade show at the Jacob Javitz Center, at many parades throughout the Hudson Valley and at several memorial and candlelight vigils resulting from the WTC tragedy.