St. Pat's for All
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contacts: Brendan Fay (917) 402-3134
March 3, 2018 Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy (646)709-2729
Mayor Bill de Blasio to join inclusive St. Pat’s For All Parade in Queens
PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING NEW YORK TIMES COLUMNIST AND AUTHOR DAN BARRY AND
NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT EDUCATOR AND ACTIVIST DR. KATHLEEN SULLIVAN, GRAND MARSHALS
(NYC) The St. Pat’s for All Parade takes place on Sunday, March 4 at 1pm from 43rd Street on Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside to 58th Street and Woodside Ave. Over 90 marching groups reflecting the diversity of Queens are registered, including Irish organizations, pipe bands, Girl Scouts, immigrant and LGBT community groups. New York elected officials including Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Senator Kirsten GIllibrand, Congressman Joe Crowley, NY State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Public Advocate Letitia James, NYC comptroller Scott Stringer and NY Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Irish Consul General Ciarán Madden will also be marching.
Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author Dan Barry and disarmament educator and anti-nuclear educator and activist Dr. Kathleen Sullivan are the St. Pat’s For All 2018 Grand Marshals.
Dan Barry writes “This Land” a national column for The New York Times. He has covered many major events including the World Trade Center disaster, Hurricane Katrina, and the unrest in Ferguson, following the police shooting death of Michael Brown. He has also written “The Lost Children of Tuam,” about the ongoing mother and baby home scandal in Ireland. He is the author of many books: Pull Me Up: A Memoir; The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland; and the forthcoming This Land: Dispatches from Real America.
Dr. Kathleen Sullivan is a nuclear disarmament educator who has been engaged with the nuclear issue for 30 years. Her work has focused on young people and survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Hibakusha). Hibakusha Stories is a partner of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Sullivan has worked with young people, academics and government representatives in many countries. She is a consultant to the United Nations Department for Disarmament Affairs. Her contributions, and Ireland’s leadership at the United Nations ultimately resulted in the passage of the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (adopted by 122 member states on July 7, 2017). Dr. Sullivan reminds us that “Ireland led the charge to dismantle the nuclear weapons military industrial complex that keeps our world on hair trigger alert to be utterly destroyed by accident or design. Together we must fight for the last remaining weapons of mass destruction to be dismantled and destroyed, making the existence of our world for future generations more secure.”
“At the parade we will carry signs of support for immigrants, our neighbors, friends and families who await the DACA decision and immigration reform. “St. Pat’s For All brings us together in solidarity and support”, said founder and co-chair Brendan Fay. “St. Pat’s For All is a beautiful expression of solidarity and inclusion in Queens, the Borough of Nations,” said Co-chair Kathleen Walsh-D’Arcy.
Parade will highlight 2018 anniversaries : the centenary of the women’s rights to vote in Ireland, the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday agreement, and the 50 anniversary of the ‘Catonsville Nine’ Vietnam War draft protests, when Irish American priests Phil and Dan Berrigan, Liz McAllister and others inspired a movement for non-violence and against war.
Among those registered are Irish organizations, immigrant communities, civic groups and LBGT groups. Irish Groups include: The Brehon Law Society, the Irish Arts Center, the New York Irish Center, Irish Repertory Theater, Irish American Writers and Artists, County Tyrone and County Laois, the Shannon Gaels and the Irish Business Organization. Among the bands we welcome the County Cork Pipe Band, the Pipers of the FDNY, I.S. 230 Marching Band, the Rude Mechanical Orchestra and the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps Marching Band. LGBT groups include the Lavender and Green Alliance, Dignity NY, Queens Pride, Pride For Youth, FDNY FireFLAG/EMS and Pride Center of Staten Island.
The Sunnyside Woodside runners will have a pre-parade run along the route. Following the parade, Sunnyside Woodside bars will have music sessions into the evening.
The St. Pat’s For All parade began in 1999 when the exclusion of the Irish LGBT groups from other parades culminated in a new multicultural celebration of Irish heritage. Our name says it best – we are St. Pats For All,” said Fay. “All are welcome.”
More information can be found at www.stpatsforall.org