Photos: Greenport’s 30th East End Maritime Festival Parade

Pictured Above: Greenport Harbor Brewery Founders Rich Vandenburgh & John Liegey were the Grand Marshals of the parade.

For the past 30 years, the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation in Greenport has celebrated the nautical history of the East End with its Maritime Festival, which continued this year on the weekend of Sept. 21 & 22. Saturday morning’s parade through downtown Greenport and the Blessing of the Waters kicked off on Main and Broad Streets, and continued down Main Street to Front Street, ending at Third Street.

Members of Greenport’s Saints Anargyroi, Taxiarchis & Gerasimos Greek Orthodox Church continued down Main Street for a Blessing of the Waters ceremony at the Crabby Jerry’s pier.

This year’s Grand Marshals, Greenport Harbor Brewery Founders Rich Vandenburgh & John Liegey (see sidebar), led the parade in the brewery’s repurposed fire truck.

Beth Young

Beth Young built her first boat out of driftwood tied together with phragmites behind her family’s apartment above the old Mill Creek Inn in Southold. Nowadays, she spends most of her time kayaking, learning about shellfish, writing newspaper stories, trying to sail a Sunfish, and watching the way the bay changes from day to day. You can send her a message at

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