St. Pat's For All 2016

Failte! Welcome

WHEN: Sunday, March 6th, 2016 1.00pm music and remarks; 2.00pm parade step off

WHERE: Sunnyside-Woodside, beginning at 43rd Street & Skillman 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.

Would you like to help with our parade?

There are many ways you can contribute! Join our Parade Organizing Committee! Our meetings are held most Saturday's from January to March in Sunnyside, Queens. Contact us at the number below for further info. Make a donation: Visit our PayPal site (no PayPal acoount needed!) or write a check to "St. Pat's for All, Inc." (mail check to: St. Pat's for All, Inc., 22-22 28th St., Astoria, NY 11105).

Brendan Fay, Co Chair

Born in Athy and raised in Drogheda, Brendan lives with his spouse Tom Moulton in Astoria, NY. A community activist, theologian, filmmaker and public speaker, he has been active on campaigns for immigration reform, civil marriage, AIDS awareness, inclusive parades, police reform and human rights.

Brendan has an MA from St. John's University in NY and taught in New York Catholic high schools for five years. His writing has been published in a number of collections including 'Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of New York City' by Thomas Keith.

In 1994 he founded the Irish LGBT group Lavender and Green Alliance - Muintir Aerach na hEireann. With others he formed Irish Aids Outreach (IAC) in 1996 to break the silence around AIDS in the Irish Community.

After marching with ILGO in the 5th Avenue St. Patrick's parade in 1991, Brendan's employment as a Catholic high school religion teacher in Queens was terminated. After years of protests and arrests he then began New York City's inclusive St. Pat's for All parade in December, 1999. Now in its 17th year the parade is known for its spirit of diversity and hospitality.

On March 17, 2016 an Irish LGBT Group Lavender and Green Alliance will march in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. Brendan, with close friend and fellow activist Jesus Lebron has been involved in the grassroots movement for marriage equality since 1996. In 2003 they co-founded 'The Civil Marriage Trail Project', bringing couples across borders for legal marriage. Among the couples were Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer, whose US Supreme Court case (2013) led to the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Brendan has been involved in Polish LGBT politics and activism as a result of President Lech Kaczynski's March 17 2008 national address denouncing same-sex marriage using images of his wedding with Tom in Canada when in July, 2003 they became one of the first bi-national couples to legally marry there. Brendan met his spouse Tom Moulton in 1996. Tom is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist. Brendan and Tom have visited Poland a number of times, including Euro Pride, 2010, and they will return in 2016.

Brendan produced the 'Silence to Speech' documentary series on being "Irish and LGBT" in America. He is director of 'Remembering Mychal (2016)' and co-producer of the 'Saint of 9/11 (2006)' documentary about Fr. Mychal Judge, the FDNY Franciscan chaplain who died in the WTC tragedy on Sept 11, 2001. He is associate producer of 'Edie and Thea - A Very Long Engagement'. His film about gay pioneer priest John McNeill, 'Taking a Chance on God' has been translated into Polish, Spanish, Italian and Portugese. The film screened in international festivals, including Rio, Warsaw, Durban, Belfast, Buenos Aires, Florence and London.

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.

Mary 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.

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 studied St. Pats For All as part his MA in Festive Arts at the Irish World Academy in Limerick. His participation in our parades are possible with the help of the Arts Council of Ireland.

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.

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.

Danny Larkin

Danny Larkin is a bureaucrat at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. His Irish ancestry traces back to County Roscommon. On his free time, Danny picks up where Oscar Wilde left off writing as an art critic and theatre critic for Hyperallergic.com. He lectures publicly about art history as the drag queen "Mona Chromatic" in experimental spaces throughout New York.

Danny grew up in Portland, Oregon. In 2003, he came to New York to study at Fordham University. In 2007, he graduated magna cum laude with special honors in Art History and went to work at Materials for the Arts. MFTA recirculates materials, art supplies and other in-kind donations to cultural organizations and arts eduction programs at public school and social service agencies. In 2010, he earned a certificate in Non-Profit Fundraising at New York University and went to work for former Commissioner Kate D. Levin at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In 2014, he transitioned to a new role at Human Resources and Administration at the Department and began attending mass every week at Dignity New York, which is New York City's longest standing and most progressive community of queer catholics.

Danny frequently attends exhibition openings, art films, theatre shows, poetry readings and performance art events. He lives with friends on Sugar Hill in Harlem.

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 does desktop publishing, designs and upkeeps the St. Pat's for All website. He also assists with media outreach.

Alicia Mason

Alicia Mason is a staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society and member of UAW Local 2325 -Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (AFL-CIO). She represents low-income tenants in Brooklyn who are facing eviction. She received a J.D. from the City University School of Law and a B.A. from Ithaca College. Her maternal great-grandparents emigrated from Galway and County Cork, Ireland where some of her family still live today. 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.

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!

Honor Molloy

Honor Molloy was born in Dublin, so her plays often hold an Irish story: Crackskull Row (the cell theatre, NYC 2016); and in my heart (Irish Arts Center); In Pigeon House (Irish Theatre of Chicago); Madame Killer (Clubbed Thumb, NYC); Murphy (HERE, NYC); Tongues of Stone (Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney, Audrey Skirball-Kenis Playwright Exchange workshops at Lincoln Center Theatre and London's Royal Court Theatre); Maiden Voyages (New Georges, NYC, Royal Court Theatre - workshop); and Rehearsing the Granda (The Public Theatre / BACA Downtown). An alumna of New Dramatists, Molloy has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and fellowship year at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Her autobiographical novel, Smarty Girl -- Dublin Savage (Simon & Schuster Audio / GemmaMedia), published in 2012.

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.

Whether Irish by birth, heritage or simply affection.... all welcome!

"cherishing all the children of the nation equally..."

Proclamation of the Irish Republic, Easter 1916

St. Pat's for All

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