On Sunday March 4th 2007 the Streets of Queens will become the "Ireland of the welcomes" as the Irish community welcomes everyone to it's 8th Annual Saint Patrick's Parade & Irish Fair.
The people in the communities of Sunnyside and Woodside enjoy the energy and spirit that the St. Pat's For All Parade and Fair brings to the schools and streets. So please come celebrate with us in NYC's friendliest community-minded Saint Patrick's Parade.
The theme of the 2007 St Patrick's festival is "cherishing all the children of the nation equally". Taken from the proclamation of Easter 1916, it is still meaningful today, 91 years after it was written.
In keeping with this theme, the 2007 parade Grand Marshal is immigrant and Bronx public school teacher, Caroline Duggan. A Dublin native, Duggan is founder and director of Keltic Dreamers, a program that brings Irish music and dance to mostly Latino and African American students at PS 59. Duggan and the Keltic Dreamers will lead the parade. Additionally, we're especially excited in welcoming a group honouring Irish marriage equality pioneers, Drs. Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan.
Among the puppeteers, dancers and stilt walkers will be community groups reflecting the ethnic diversity of Queens all celebrating Ireland. The Queens NAACP will carry the banner of Frederick Douglas recalling his visit to Ireland during the famine. The Mexican community honours the San Patricios, Irish immigrants who defended the Mexicans in the U.S. Mexican War of 1846-1848. Others will recall Thomas Charles Wright founder of the Ecuadorian Navy, who hailed from Drogheda, Ireland. The presence of Choctaw and Shinnecock representatives will reflect the generous outreach in 1847 by native peoples to the starving Irish during the great famine.
The Queens branch of the Red Cross will once again bring tea and hot chocolate for everybody. Banners will honour the memory of Irish women peacemakers from Brigid to Dorothy Day, from Catherine McCauley and Margaret Anna Cusack to Mother Jones and Eileen Egan.
Religious participants include Methodist Church, the Episcopal Franciscan “Society of St. Francis”, Catholic Worker, Dignity NY/NY Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). Alumni of Notre Dame and St. John’s University will march. Other participating Irish groups and businesses include the Niall O'Leary School of Irish Dance, Lavender & Green Alliance, the Brehon Law Society, the Irish Parades Emergency Committee, the All City School Marching Band, Local 1199, the United Federation of Teachers, the Central Labour Council and Local 375 DC 37, and many, many more.
Come march with us. Meet us at 12:30 next to the Torsney Playground (aka Skillman Park) at the corner of 43rd St and Skillman Ave in Sunnyside Queens. It is easy to get to getthere by subway, (or by Shuttle-Bus if Track work is still in progress). Take the number 7 Flushing line to the 40th St. stop and walk to 43rd St. and Skillman Ave. The Saint Patrick's Parade which kick off at 1:00 pm will proceeded East on Skillman, then North on 56th St, then goes East on Woodside Ave and it ends at 61st St and Woodside Ave.
For more information, please Contact NYABN member Larry (also a media outreach co-ordinator with the Queen's PFLAG Group) at firstname.lastname@example.org