The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade gave a warm Irish welcome to the Lavender and Green Alliance, which will join in the march up Fifth Avenue for the first time this year.
February 17, 2016 was a joyous evening at the Irish Consulate, hosted by Consul General Barbara Jones in honor of the St. Pat’s for All Parade in Queens. This year’s Grand Marshals for The St. Pat’s for all Parade, philanthropist Loretta Brennan Glucksman and best-selling author Colum McCann, also spoke at the standing-room-only event.
The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade had the honor of being invited to the event and board member Frank McGreal offered a warm Irish welcome to Brendan Fay, Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy, co-chairs of the Lavender and Green Alliance, and the group’s members.
“This year the parade marks the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising. In 1916, a small group of Irish men and women dared to act on their deep desire for freedom. Their vision and sacrifices created an Irish Republic that cherishes, ‘all the children of the nation equally.’ We stand on their shoulders whenever Irish men and women gather to honor St. Patrick and to celebrate our shared Irish culture,” McGreal said.
“We are very proud to have Senator George Mitchell as this year’s parade’s Grand Marshal. Senator Mitchell spent five years listening to delegates from Ireland and England, as well as Republican and Unionist groups, to forge the Good Friday Agreement which brought peace to Northern Ireland. He said the hardest part was not getting people to talk to each other. The hardest part was getting people to listen to each other.”
McGreal ended his remarks saying, “To Brendan Fay and the Lavender and Green Alliance, I say, ‘Céad míle fáilte!, one-hundred thousand welcomes.'”
The St. Pat’s for All St. Patrick’s day Parade will start at 2 pm on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at 43rd Street and Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside, Queens.