Queens St Patricks Parade
Written on February 5, 2016
1:00pm Assembly & Remarks
2:00pm Parade Step-off
43rd Street and Skillman Ave
to 58th Street and Woodside Ave
The hospitable spirit of St. Pat’s For All is in the best tradition of Ireland and New York. We are what we say: St. Pat’s For All. In this centenary of the 1916 Rising, our motto, taken from the Proclamation, is especially meaningful: “Cherishing all the children of the nation equally.”
St. Pat’s For All 2016 is a festive gathering of community groups, businesses, unions, artists and musicians. Together we turn the streets of Sunnyside and Woodside into “Ireland of the welcomes.” St. Pat’s For All is the result of months of planning meetings with an all-volunteer team. Hospitality is the heart of this inclusive Irish celebration which each year welcomes the diverse immigrant communities of New York.
We thank our sponsors and supporters including YES! Solutions, The Irish Arts Center, Heineken, Anita Daly Communications, Dignity NY, schools, community centers, businesses and restaurants. We thank all participating groups: LGBT contingents, civic groups, children’s bands, Irish organizations, religious groups, all in celebration of Ireland and our shared history of immigration.
The post-parade party is at Saints & Sinners, 60th St. & Roosevelt Ave., and continues at many of the Sunnyside-Woodside pubs and restaurants that celebrate St. Pat’s For All with Irish music and dance.
Join us. Bring your wonderful energy and community spirit to the streets of Sunnyside and Woodside. Rain or shine, celebrate with us.
Many thanks. Mile Buiochas!
Brendan Fay & Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy, Co-chairs.
Saint Patrick’s Day?
Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.
Why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.