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Yonkers St. Patricks Parade 2017

Written on February 5, 2016

Yonkers  St. Patricks Parade 2017

Saturday March 18, 2017 at 1.oopm

His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York.
2017 Grand Marshal
The 62nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on McLean Avenue

When is the parade?
The Parade will be on Saturday March 18, 2017 at 1.oopm

2017 Yonkers Grand Marshal Cardinal Dolan

Yonkers St Patrick’s Parade

Yonkers St Patrick’s Parade

Where is the Parade?
The Parade starts at Hyatt and McLean Avenues and ends at McLean Avenue and McCollum Place by Coyne Park. (see map for route).

Where can I park the day of the parade?
There will be free parking at Empire City Casino. Use the YONKERS AVENUE ENTRANCE of the Empire City Casino for FREE Shuttles to the parade route.
Shuttles will start running at 9:30 AM and drop off and pick up spectators on the corner of Hillview & Kimball Avenues, one block up from McLean Avenue until 5 PM. In addition there is street parking on Bronx Blvd and Bullard Avenue on the east side of the Bronx River Parkway. Please do not park on the local side streets, be courteous to our neighborhood, Vehicles will be towed at your expense if parked illegally or in resident driveways McLean Avenue will be shut down the length of the parade route from 11:00am till 5:00pm and the will be no parking or driving permitted.

Where can I view the parade?
All of McLean Avenue will offer excellent viewing points for the parade. In addition, a stage for dignitaries and announcers will be located at McLean Avenue & McCollum Place. News12 will be set up at the corner of Harding and McLean Avenues in front of 855 McLean Avenue.

What time and what streets be closers?
McLean Avenue from Woodlawn Avenue to Bronx River Road will close at approximately 11 a.m. The rest of McLean Avenue being used by the parade will be closed at 12:30 p.m. All streets that are being used for staging will be closed until the Marching Groups have passed. McLean will reopened as soon as it is safe after the Completion of the parade.

What bus routes are being moved/changed/cancelled?

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Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians.

According to different versions of his life story it is said that he was born in Britain, around 385AD. His parents Calpurnius and Conchessa were Roman citizens living in either Scotland or Wales. As a boy of 14 he was captured and taken to Ireland where he spent six years in slavery herding sheep. He returned to Ireland in his 30s as a missionary among the Celtic pagans.

Saint Patrick described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.”

Many folk ask the question ‘Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland ?’ The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.

In the custom known as “drowning the shamrock”, the shamrock that has been worn on a lapel or hat is put in the last drink of the evening.

There are several accounts of Saint Patrick’s death. One says that Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits, and as a preservative against the “evil eye.” Another account says that St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury, England and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Today, many Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York and Dublin city. A toast for St Patrick’s Day, “May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.”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.

The most important element of Saint Patrick’s Day, after mass, is the Saint Patrick’s Day Parades. Over 300 Saint Patrick’s Day Parades around the world celebrate this famous Saint Patrick’s Day .

The beating  heart of these Saint Patrick’s Day Parades are the Pipe Bands with their stirring music & powerful presence.