The St. Pat's for Allparade 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 14th 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.
On March 3rd, 2013 children and youth and the call of the bagpipes will lead the 14th annual St. Patrick's parade & Irish fair in Sunnyside/Woodside, Queens. We will welcome all who celebrate our diversity, including public officials, community groups, unions, pipers, dancers and puppeteers, religious communities, youth groups, seniors, and gay and straight groups. Visitors from Ireland will again be joining us along with many contingents. We will proudly showcase other contingents representing the great people of the caribbean, latino, Native American, and Korean communities.
St. Pat's For All 2013 is a result of months of meetings hosted by Sunnyside/Woodside residents. We thank our sponsors and supporters including Culture Ireland, Time Warner Cable, Technical Career Institute, Skyline Hotel, UFT, Lily O'Brien's Chocolate Cafe, YES!Solutions, Irish Arts Center, Dignity/NY, and many local businesses, groups and individuals who gave generously throughout the years.
When we began this parade more than a decade ago we could not have imagined the friendships and community spirit that sustained and helped the parade grow beyond the streets of Queens to include concerts at the Irish Arts Center, community centers, schools and pubs. This parade is New York's most diverse St. Patrick's parade, embracing LGBT contingents, community groups, children's bands, Irish organizations and religious and civic groups, all in celebration of Ireland! Unique among the St. Patrick's parades our is open and welcoming to ALL who wish to share in the hospitable and festive spirit of the day.
WHEN: March 3, 2013 12:30pm assembly 2:00 parade stepoff
Join us. Bring your energy and color to the streets. Help liven and lighten our celebration and gathering. Help our parade sparkle!
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.
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 parade concerts featuring poets, actors, filmmakers, storytellers, musicians and dancers.
TRIBUTES & HONORS
Each year we pay special tribute to friends and family. Our first parade paid special tribute to the late Ed Fowley. A dedicated and fearless Irish American who reached out to the least in our community, Ed was affectionately known as the "Mayor of Woodside." Ed warmly encouraged our plans in the weeks before he passed away. In 2001 we honored the life of Eileen Egan, friend of Dorothy Day and Mother Theresa she was an internationally respected advocate for non-violence and compassion. Eileen is buried in Queen's Calvary cemetery. In 2002, we remembered our beloved friend, Father Mychal Judge Franciscan chaplain to the FDNY.. A great supporter of our parade, Mychal died at the World Trade Center on September 11. In 2003 we celebrated the life of Irish American Philip Berrigan, a veteran and a courageous and compassionate man who was tirelessly outspoken against war and militarism. In 2004 we celebrated the life of Frank Durkan, renowned civil rights leader and prominent attorney. Additionally, we highlighted the international movement for equal civil marriage rights. The 2005 parade honored Mary Somosa, advocate for families with children living with disabilities and Stanley Rygor, community activist, celebrated musician and father of the late Robert Rygor. In 2006 we honored the internationally renowned Irish/Irish American brothers of stage and screen, the McCourt brothers, Frank, Malachy, Aiden and Michael McCourt, as well as Irish community organizer and St. Pat's for All co-founder, Ellen Duncan. In 2007, we honored Bronx public school teacher, Caroline Duggan and her Keltic Dream dancers from PS 59 in the Bronx. The grand marshals of 2008 were NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn and writer Pete Hamill. The honorees for the 2009 celebration were Belfast born director and screenwriter Terry George and singer Susan McKeown. In 2010, were New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm and community activist Mary Lanning. In 2011 we were delighted to honor Patricia Lewsley, Commissioner for Children and Young People for Northern Ireland and Jim Cullen, Brigadier General (Ret.) and founding president of the Brehon Law Society of New York. And, this past year, in 2012, we paid tribute to the political historian and novelist Peter Quinn, author of the now-available Book: The Man Who Never Returned, and Mary Brosnahan. Executive Director of The Coalition for the Homeless.
Here are some of the ways you can help with the parade:
Thank you for enthusiasm. Your help is essential to make this historical event a huge success.We look forward to hearing from you, and on next March 3rd, marching together or cheering us along the parade route as we "Cherish All the Children of the Nation Equally".
Many Thanks, Mile Buiochas!
"cherishing all the children of the nation equally..."
Proclamation of the Irish Republic, Easter 1916
St. Pat's for Alltele #: 718-721-2780 www.stpatsforall.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Pat's for All 22-22 28th St., Astoria, NY 11105