2016-03-09 / Front Page

St. Pat's For All

BY THOMAS COGAN


Mayor Bill de Blasio, Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer and Daniel Dromm, Elizabeth Crowley, Speaker of the City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito and Public Advocate Letitia James at the St. Pat’s For All Parade. See page. 24 
Photo Walter Karling Mayor Bill de Blasio, Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer and Daniel Dromm, Elizabeth Crowley, Speaker of the City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito and Public Advocate Letitia James at the St. Pat’s For All Parade. See page. 24 Photo Walter Karling The Annual St. Pat’s For All Parade was held on March 6, with members of the lesbian-gaybisexual transgender (LGBT) community and elected officials marching through Sunnyside and Woodside along with hundreds in attendance.

The parade was first organized in 2000 after the committee of the official St. Patrick’s Day Parade refused to allow anyone to march in the parade displaying support of or membership in an LGBT group.

The parade began at Skillman Avenue and 43rd Street under a sunny sky.

Many notable people have attended the parade over the years, including Hillary Clinton, then a candidate for U.S. Senator from New York, in 2010. In attendance at this year’s parade were state Senators Michael Gianaris and Toby Ann Stavisky, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Speaker of the City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Advocate Letitia James, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Borough President Melinda Katz, as well as Congressman Joe Crowley and Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer, Daniel Dromm, Karen Koslowitz, Elizabeth Crowley and Barry Grodenchik. Also in attendance were Irish Consul General Barbara Jones and former state Senator Tom Duane. The parade’s Grand Marshals were Colum McCann and Loretta Brennan-Glucksman.


Elected officials state Senators Michael Gianaris and Toby Ann Stavisky, City Controller Scott Stringer, Borough President Melinda Katz, Irish Consul General Barbara Jones, former state Senator Tom Duane, Borough President Melinda Katz as well as Congressman Joe Crowley and Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer, Daniel Dromm, Karen Koslowitz, Elizabeth Crowley and Barry Grodenchik. 
Photo Walter Karling Elected officials state Senators Michael Gianaris and Toby Ann Stavisky, City Controller Scott Stringer, Borough President Melinda Katz, Irish Consul General Barbara Jones, former state Senator Tom Duane, Borough President Melinda Katz as well as Congressman Joe Crowley and Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer, Daniel Dromm, Karen Koslowitz, Elizabeth Crowley and Barry Grodenchik. Photo Walter Karling This year marks the centennial of the 1916 Irish Uprising against the British and the execution of Irish activist Sir Roger Casement by the British, after he was condemned not for treason, but after the revelation at his trial that he was a gay man.

The parade featured food and music. Along the way, the Irish presence and excitement was equally shared with the various ethnicities that Queens is known for around the world.

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