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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 will be our 22nd annual St Pats For All celebration. On March 7 we will gather virtually 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.

WHAT WE DO

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.

The Founder and Current Board Members:
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Brendan Fay

Born in Athy and raised in Drogheda, Brendan lives with his spouse Tom Moulton in Astoria, NY. A community activist, 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 hÉireann. 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 the award winning ‘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. 

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Kathleen Walsh D'Arcy

Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy’s Irish roots stem from County Offaly and Tipperary. Her parents emigrated from Ireland in the 1920s and she was born and raised in Manhattan and now lives in Jackson Heights.

 

As a child, Kathleen was immersed in Irish culture. She was a step dancer with the McNiff School and a competitor in the U.I.C Feis.  She marched and step-danced up the avenue in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade until the ban on LGBTQ irish people.  She spent many years working with a team of people who reversed the ban and ended a shameful period in New York Irish history.

 

Kathleen is a proud feminist, community activist, writer, editor, teacher and social worker. She compiled and co-edited “Territories of the Voice/Short Fiction by Irish Women Writers” (Beacon Press), the first American collection of Irish women writers.  She is a Board Member of Irish American Writers and Artists and The NY Irish Institute.

As a social worker, she has worked with homebound elders, teen mothers, and domestic violence survivors.

 

Kathleen was honored to join Brendan Fay, "an Irish human rights hero" as Co-chair in 2007. She is very proud of her work organizing a parade that welcomes everyone to celebrate Irish culture, history, art and music.  The parade has always focused on children and immigrant families.  Now, more than ever,  during our government nightmare, she is committed to a community parade that  “cherishes all of the children of the nation equally.”

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Bill Meehan

Bill is a proud grandson of Irish immigrants. Jackson Heights resident. Community activist. Longtime member of Citizens Union’s Local Candidates and Municipal Affairs Committees. Founding Board Member Of JH Dog Run and Diversity Plaza. Board Member QCNI, New Visions Democratic Club, Lesbian Gay Democratic Club Of Queens, CB3 and Executive Director Of Queens Pride.  

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Ian McGowan

Ian McGowan is an historian and genealogist, and the founder of the Winged Fist Organization, a local non-profit historical society dIan McGowan has been a member of the St. Pat's for All planning committee for ten years, and he has been working on our parade journal for just as long. An historian and genealogist, Mr. McGowan has traced his Irish roots in Queens back over 100 years. Ian, his wife Regina and their daughter Brigid are proud to march in the parade with Brigid's dance school, McManus Irish Dance.edicated 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.

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Marge Kolb

Marge

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Dana Cotton

Dana

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Brian Fleming

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, the same year he appeared in the Guinness Book of World records for creating the world’s biggest drum. He wrote about the St Pats For All Parade as part his MA in Festive Arts at the Irish World Academy in Limerick. His one-man show about St. Pat’s For All, ‘A Sacrilegious Lesbian and Homosexual Parade’ premiered at the Dublin Fringe in 2014, played several venues around Ireland, New York City and Queens and was nominated for two ‘Oscars’ (Wilde) at the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and the Doric Wilson Independent Theatre Award in New York.