Failte! Welcome!The St. Pat's for All parade celebrates the diversity of the Irish and Irish American communities of New York. First held in 2000, St.Pat's for All cherishes and celebrates an inclusive St. Patrick's season. Ours is the first in the 260 years + of Irish parades in New York City to be open and welcoming to all who wish to share in the spirit of the day. We err on the side of hospitality. Our theme "cherishing all the children of the nation equally" is taken from the 1916 Easter Proclamation of the Irish Republic. It is a vision drawn from our past and a guide for our present & future. This is our 16th annual St Pats For All celebration. Soon we will gather once again in Sunnyside and Woodside to celebrate our Irish culture and heritage. Whether in exile, fleeing famine, or pursuing dreams and hopes for liberty, equality and happiness, the Irish through the centuries have scattered across the globe always enhancing the communities they join. MISSION St Pat's for All organizes, produces and hosts the annual the St. Pat's for Allparade in New York City. The parade welcomes all to celebrate Irish heritage and culture regardless of race, gender, creed or sexual orientation. This unique celebration takes place in the borough of Queens in the month of March. PURPOSE We organize and produce the annual St Pat's For All parade and fair as the principal way to celebrate and understand contemporary Ireland and its diversity. We host a parade and cultural events, featuring poets, actors, filmmakers, storytellers, musicians and dancers. MEET SOME OF THE PARADE COMMITTEE MEMBERSMary Jane Brown - Budget Director Mary Jane Brown is a retired Verizon Manager. She enjoys volunteering her time in organizations that work for justice and equality for all. She also is a volunteer teacher of English to new immigrants from around the world and is a member of Dignity New York. Donna Bungo Donna Bungo is a Security Professional at the National 911 Memorial and Museum. She is a Licensed New York State Wildlife Rehabilitator, a Crew Member at the Astoria Performing Arts Center, Supporter of The Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, and a member of the Sirens Motorcycle Club. Donna is also a former member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Tiffin, Ohio. She and her spouse, Kathleen Warnock, are long time supporters of St. Pat's For All. Dana Cotton Dana Cotton has been an early childhood and family educator in New York City for over 20 years. She received her Masters in Education from Bank Street College and a Masters in Social Work from Hunter College. Her experiences include administration, program development, teaching and family counseling in various organizations that serve children and families. Dana lives in Astoria with her husband, two daughters and their pet rabbit. Brendan Fay - Co Chair Brendan is a human rights activist, filmmaker and parade organizer. From Athy and Drogheda he now lives in Astoria.. He has an MA in theology from St John's University and taught in New York Catholic high schools for five years. He has been active on immigration reform (UAFA), civil marriage, AIDS awareness and human rights. In 1994 he founded 'Lavender and Green Alliance'- Muintir Aerach na hEireann and in 1999 with friends in Queens NY he began the inclusive 'St Pat's for All' parade Brendan met Tom Moulton in January 1996. They were among the first bi-national couples to marry in Canada in July 2003. Brendan co founded The Civil Marriage Trail Project' in 2003 bringing couples across borders for legal marriage including Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer (2007). Brendan is director of 'Remembering Mychal' (2014) and co-producer of 'Saint of 9/11' documentaries about Fr. Mychal Judge. His film about pioneer priest John McNeill, 'Taking a Chance on God' is screening at colleges and festivals worldwide most recently in Buenos Aires, London and Warsaw. He is in pre production with director Ed Moran on a film about West Papuan independence leader John Rumbiak. Brian Fleming- Producer Brian Fleming is a percussionist, producer and theatre maker, originally from Dublin, living in Co Clare in the West of Ireland. He has been involved in the parade since 2001. He is currently studying St Pats For All as part his MA in Festive Arts at the Irish World Academy in Limerick. His participation in the 2014 parade was made possible with the help of the Arts Council of Ireland. Jennifer Frankola Jennifer Frankola-Crawford resident of Sunnyside is first generation Irish & Croatian-American. She is very proud of her multi-cultural heritage. A former teacher, Jennifer currently practices civil rights law focusing on access to education, special education, special needs and First Amendment rights in New York. Jennifer is a member of the Brehon Law Society and a recipient of the Irish Echo's 2012 40 Under 40 Young Ambassador Award. Joseph Goodrich Joe Goodrich is an award-winning playwright and the editor of 'Blood Relations:: The Selected Letters of Ellery Queen, 1947 - 1950'. His non-fiction frequently appears in Mystery Scene Magazine, Crimespree, and the Irish Echo. M. L Kinney A native of Massachusetts and a graduate of Hampshire College ML has worked in New York Theatre for over twenty-five years. She is the Artistic Director and a founding member of The Milk Can Theatre Company, a collective of playwrights and directors now working in its tenth year of developing and producing new works. As a playwright her work has been both produced and work shopped around the city. Ml designs and produces the St Pats For All journal and the pre parade concert at the Irish Arts Center. Jesus Lebron Jesus Lebron is a community activist and social worker. Born to 1st generation Puerto Rican parents and raised in the South Bronx, Jesus obtained his Master's Degree from the Hunter College School of Social Work. He has worked with LGBT families, homeless, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Jesus is Founder of Marriage Equality NY (1998) Co-Founder of Marriage Equality USA (2001) and the Civil Marriage Trail Project (2003-present). .Jesus is proud of the diversity and hospitality of St Pats For All. He designs St Pats For All postcards, maintains the web page and works on media. Patrick Langhenry and Raissa Wu Patrick Langhenry and Raissa Wu and their daughters Grace and Catherine live in Sunnyside. Patrick first moved here in 1998 and Raissa joined him in 2001. Raissa works as a pediatric nurse practioner at Bellevue Hospital and Patrick represents tenant associations and tenants for The Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn. Patrick and Raissa are enthusiastic supporters of the St. Pats for All Parade because of its unique spotlight on Irish-American culture and activism that often is overlooked. Their children always look forward to the parade's fundraiser at the Irish Arts Center because of its mix of song, dance and comedy. Ian McGowan Ian McGowan is an historian and genealogist, and the founder of the Winged Fist Organization, a local non-profit historical society dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Irish-American Athletic Club of Sunnyside. Mr. McGowan is proud to be able to trace his Irish Heritage back more than a century in Queens, N.Y. He and his family have been participating in the St. Pat's for All parade for over a decade, and this year Ian and his wife Regina are happy to be able to march for the first time with their daughter, Brigid. Tom McLoughlin Tom McLoughlin is a retired banker. Tom's earliest childhood memory is of his dad and uncles taking him to the St. Patrick's Day Parade. He has been to St. Patrick's celebrations all over the world, but he believes St Pat's For All in Sunnyside is the best. Tom has marched in the parade every year since 2000. Up Mayo! Alicia Mason Alicia Mason is a staff attorney at the Veteran Advocacy Project at the Urban Justice Center where she represents low-income veterans facing eviction. She received a J.D. from the City University School of Law and a B.A. from Ithaca College. Her great-grandparents emigrated from Galway and County Cork, Ireland to where she recently visited. She grew up in Massachusetts and is a Sunnyside resident. Mike Mason Michael Mason is originally from Lake George, NY and currently lives in Sunnyside. He is a recent graduate of City College's Landscape Architecture program where he received a master's degree. He received a B.A. from Ithaca College. He recently enjoyed a ten-day vacation traveling in Ireland. Honor Molloy Honor Molloy is the author of Smarty Girl - Dublin Savage--a fictional account of her childhood in Ireland. Her plays have been produced throughout America, in Sydney, London and Dublin. Tom Moulton Tom is a Pediatric hematologist - oncologist at Bronx Lebanon Hospital specializing in caring for children with sickle cell disease. He is the seventh of eight children growing up in Brimfield Illinois. Tom's grandfather, George Moulton, was a pharmacist and the inspiration for Mr. Morgan, a character in Thornton Wilder's Our Town. Tom has been involved with the St Pats For All parade since it began in 2000. Tom met his spouse Brendan Fay at Sunday mass in Dignity NY in 1996. They were married in May 2003. He has visited Ireland many times. Tom helps organize groups along the parade route and is the catering coordinator the Irish Arts Center reception and concert. He bakes when he can and his soda bread, corn bread and chocolate oatmeal cookies are very popular John Sigmund- Artistic Director John F.X. Sigmund is an artist and educator who works at the Art Students League of New York. In 2013 John designed parade banners honoring Mother Jones, Kip Tiernan, Mike Quill and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. His 2014 additional banners honor Dan Berrigan, Roger Casement and Patrick Rice. He is originally from Philadelphia, now lives in Brooklyn, but his heart is in Queens. He fell in love with Ireland as an 18-year-old adventurer "thumbing it" around the country. His proudest accomplishment is surviving a long night of drinking with Shane MacGowan. John is the artistic director for St Pats For All. Shannon Smith Shannon Smith is from Virginia. She studied Economics, graduated from Amherst College and moved to New York City in 2011. She worked as an intern for St Pats For All and has been on the planning committee for several years. Shannon works at the French Institute Alliance Francais. Will Wade- Pentel Will grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BA in Political Science. He is a freelance Sound Engineer, working at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, French Institute Alliance Francaise, and Collegium Sound. Will got involved with St Pats for All in 2012 after college, as an Intern. He is now a committee member because he loves the philosophy and mission of St Pats for All--Equality for all! And of course because it is a fun experience! Will and Shannon are the parade's youth outreach team and "puppet wranglers," transporting giant puppets from the Brooklyn Puppet Collective for children's groups to carry in St. Pat's For All Parade. Kathleen Walsh D'Arcy - Co Chair Kathleen Walsh Darcy is a writer and editor (Territories of The Voice/New Writing by Irish Women Writers, Beacon Press), a social worker and a community activist. She has worked with homebound elders, teen mothers and domestic violence survivors. Kathleen lived and worked in Ireland and is active in New York's Irish community. Her roots are in Offaly and Tipperary. She marched on Fifth Ave. from the age of 6 in her McNiff dancing costume. In 1992 she stopped marching when her friends were excluded and human rights became the issue. She believes that St. Pat's For All is the best celebration of Irish America.
"cherishing all the children of the nation equally..."
Proclamation of the Irish Republic, Easter 1916
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