2018-03-21 / Front Page

Queens Elected Officials Lead Council In St. Patrick’s Day Parade

By Joyce Vetere Milowski and Dan Miller

Photos By Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESPhotos By Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESOn March 17, while thousands of marchers from around the world marched up 5th Avenue in New York City’s 200th St. Patrick’s Day Parade, tens of thousands stood on the sidewalks behind NYPD security barriers to cheer them on, and celebrate Irish heritage in the nations’ largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

This parade was definitely one of the best organized in years, as evidenced by every one of the hundreds of groups represented waiting so orderly for their start according to a detailed schedule organized down to the minute.

This parade also appeared to be one of the safest, thanks to the NYPD, FBI, US Secret Service and a host of other security organizations all coordinated with the NYPD under of the leadership of NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and hundreds of members of the largest police force in the United States.

The FDNY was well-represented by hundreds of marchers from the FDNY and led by Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, who happens to be a longtime resident of Whitestone.

Other Queens notables seen in the parade were former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, Sr. who along with his Council Member son, Paul Vallone, was seen talking with Cardinal Timothy Dolan in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Also paying visits to Cardinal Dolan were Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, each visiting separately.

New York State Comptroller Tom di Napoli, of Italian ancestry, declared himself Irish for the day.

Earlier in the day, Mayor de Blasio hosted a breakfast at Gracie Mansion in celebration of Irish Heritage and then joined Cardinal Dolan at St. Patrick’s for another breakfast. Dolan is the Cardinal of the Archdiocese of New York, representing the largest Catholic congregation in the United States.

Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the Archbishop of New York in 2009.

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