Irish Celebration In Sunnyside, Woodside
Irish eyes of every background will be smiling at the St. Pat’s for All Parade through Sunnyside and Woodside scheduled to take place rain or shine this Sunday afternoon, Mar. 3.
Sponsored by the St. Pat’s for All Committee, the parade-the only St. Patrick’s Day march in the city open to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community- will kick off at 2 p.m. from the corner of Skillman Avenue and 47th Street. Participants will begin assembling at the intersection at 12:30 p.m.
With a large gathering of community activists and elected officials, marching bands, youth groups and entertainers expected to participate, the process will head east along Skillman Avenue, then turn north on 56th Street and back east on Woodside Avenue to 58th Street.
Following the march, the committee will celebrate with a postparade party at Saints and Sinners bar, located at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 60th Street.
Two members of the Irish Arts Center will serve as grand marshals of the 14th annual parade: Pauline Turley, vice chair of the center’s board of directors; and Aidan Connolly, the center’s executive director.
“When we began this parade more than a decade ago, we could not have imagined the friendships and community spirit that sustained and helped the parade grow beyond the streets of Queens to include concerts at the Irish Arts Center, community centers, schools and pubs,” wrote Brendan Fay and Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy, the co-chairs of the St. Pat’s for All Committee, in a letter posted on the parade’s website.
“This parade is New York’s most diverse St. Patrick’s parade,” embracing LGBT contingents, community groups, children’s bands, Irish organizations and religious and civic groups, all in celebration of Ireland,” they added.
For more information, visit www.stpatsforall.com.
It was noted that parking along the length of the parade route will be prohibited as of midnight Sunday and until after the parade’s conclusion. Signs will be posted by the Police Department in advance of the event. Any vehicle found parked along the route Sunday can and will be towed away at the owner’s expense.