March 5th, 2006

Flowering Hillside

join the Queens NYC INCLUSIVE Saint Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday the 5th

On Sunday, March 5th 2006 the only INCLUSIVE New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade is being held in in Sunnyside/Woodside Queens.

The Parade will be stepping off at 12:30 pm from 43rd and Skillman Ave and ending at 61st Street & Woodside Ave.  Post Parade Festivities continue at Woodside from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The Irish community of Queens welcomes LGBT contingents AND opens the celebration with blessings by Protestant, Catholic & Choctaw leaders.

The parade's theme is "cherishing all the children of the nation equally" and is taken from the 1916 Easter Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

"On March 5th 2006 the Streets of Sunnyside will become "Ireland of the welcomes". The NACCP group will carry a Frederick Douglas banner recalling his visit to Ireland during the famine ( An Gorta Mor).

The Red Cross will be on hand with cups of tea and hot chocolate. Catholic volunteers are preparing banners in the memory of Irish women peacemakers from Brigid to Ita Ford, Eileen Egan & Dorothy Day. The Peruvian community will honor Roger Casement who defended their human rights prior to his death

Religious participants include the Methodist Church, The Episcopal Church, Catholic Worker, Dignity/NY, and Metropolitan Community Church.

TCI students will carry giant puppets. Irish dancers from the Niall O’Leary Dancing School & New York Academy of Irish Dance and the Boys and Girls club of Queens lead the parade up Skillman.

Support also comes from city unions -LOCAL 1199, the United Federation of Teachers, The Central Labor Council and Local 375 DC 37. The Gillian Daly School of Irish Dance, Lavender & Green Alliance, a New York - based Irish lesbian and gay group, the Brehon Law Society, the Irish Parades Emergency Committee are some of the participating Irish groups"

Anyone looking for a fun group to march & party with should contact lordlnyc who is a New York Area Bisexual Network member and also an outreach co-ordinator with the Queen's PFLAG Group.

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