Irish pride on parade as Superstorm Sandy hit Rockaways celebrated St Patrick

Parade chairman Mike Benn (right) presents special Rockaway t-shirts to Council Speaker Christine Quinn and New York City Mayor Bloomberg.

The group took a bus from Rhode Island early in the morning, and were heading back in the evening to prepare for more parades.

“It was special being here considering all the devastation that happened,” O’Connor said.

“These people deserve a break and a good time, and I think they had that today.”