St. Pat's for All
WHO WE ARE
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 20th annual St Pats For All celebration. On March 3 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.
St Pat's for All organizes, produces and hosts the annual the St. Pat's for All parade 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.
MEET SOME OF THE PARADE COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Brendan Fay, Founder/Co Chair
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.
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.
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.
Lisa is the General Manager of the Irish Repertory Theatre. She has been politically active since she was very young, helping to organize her fellow elementary school students to vote for George McGovern in a mock election in 1972 (He won by a landslide!). She was a member of the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization from 1994 to 2001 and acted as media liaison during ILG0’s epic fight for the inclusion of LGBT groups in the 5th Avenue St. Patrick’s Day parade. She was a spokesperson for GLAAD, acted as Communications Director for Josh Skaller, a progressive City Council Candidate in Brooklyn’s 39th District, and is a member of the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats and Lambda Independent Democrats. She is a strong believer in the power of culture to foster positive and lasting change. She lives in Brooklyn with her wife, Maggie Lally.
Brian Fleming, Artistic 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.
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.
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, Administration
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 in 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.
Jesús Lebrón, Web Design, Promotion
Born to 1st generation Puerto Rican parents and raised in the South Bronx, Jesús 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. Jesús assists with desktop publishing, designs and upkeeps the website, and assists on media.
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.
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.
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.
Ian McGowan, Journal
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 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 was born in Dublin, so her plays often hold an Irish story: Crackskull Row (the cell theatre, NYC â€“ 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 â€“ Dublin Savage (Simon & Schuster Audio / GemmaMedia), published in 2012.
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 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.