The Friends of St. Patrick have announced that Christina Mennuti, of Sound Beach, has been named the queen of the 63rd annual Miller Place-Rocky Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade to be held on March 17. Mennuti will be escorted by her lady of the royal court, Stephanie Meier, of Wading River.
Mennuti's grandparents left Ireland and settled down in Sound Beach 53 years ago. There, the O’Hanlon’s raised their family, including their youngest daughter Carmel, who was a lady of the court in the 1987 parade.
As a Clarkette twirler, an Inishfree dancer or a character on her mother’s float, she has been spectator and a participant of the parade for her whole life. She attended school in Miller Place and at St. Anthony’s High School and has been involved with the community through her tutoring as a certified literacy tutor and by teaching in St. Louis de Montfort’s Vacation Bible School for the last seven years.
She recently graduated from SUNY New Paltz and is currently working on her Masters Degree in Special Education from Long Island University in Riverhead.
Meier is a graduate of Shoreham-wading River High School, where she was involved in music and theater and sports. Her family has been involved with the fire department for generations, where her father is a commissioner.
ln 2012, Stephanie graduated from Suffolk County Community College, where she was a member of the Dance Team. She is continuing her education at SUNY Stony Brook.
The queen and her royal court will be crowned at the annual Cocktail Party on March 10 at The Inn at East Wind in Wading River at 4 p.m.