Over 100 marching groups will take part on March 4 with New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Dan Barry, and disarmament educator and anti-nuclear educator and activist Dr. Kathleen Sullivan as Grand Marshals.
The annual St. Pat’s for All parade will take place in Sunnyside/Woodside in Queens on Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m.
A press release issued by parade founders Brendan Fay and Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy said that over 100 marching groups have signed up to take part this year. Other organizations wishing to march can still do so by registering at www.stpatsforall.org.
An array of politicians from the city are expected to attend. Irish Consul General Ciaran Madden will also march.
This year’s grand marshals are New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Dan Barry, and disarmament educator and anti-nuclear educator and activist Dr. Kathleen Sullivan.
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, Missouri following the police shooting death of Michael Brown.
Last October he wrote a groundbreaking piece for the Times titled “The Lost Children of Tuam,” about the ongoing mother and baby home scandal in Ireland. He is the author of many books, including 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). She has worked with young people, academics and government representatives in many countries and is a consultant to the United Nations Department for Disarmament Affairs.
“At the parade we will carry signs of support for immigrants, our neighbors, friends and families who await the DACA decision. St. Pat’s For All brings us together in solidarity and support,” said Fay.
“St. Pat’s For All is a beautiful expression of solidarity and inclusion in Queens, the borough of nations,” said D’Arcy.
The parade will honor the centenary of a woman’s right to vote in Ireland, the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, and the 50th 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.
A number of Irish groups will take part in the parade, including the Brehon Law Society, the Irish Arts Center, the New York Irish Center, Irish Repertory Theatre, Irish American Writers and Artists, Co. Fermanagh and Co. Laois, the Shannon Gaels and the Irish Business Organization.