2019-03-13 / Editorials

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

This years St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place on March 16th, and we are glad it’s a Saturday, making it easier for many to attend.  It is the “world’s oldest and largest parade” according to the organizers’ website, and it is indeed a grand affair. The pageantry is exciting, thrilling, and awe-inspiring and we are so glad we got to be there last year. We highly recommend being there in person and will try to make it again this year. Just like the Fourth of July fireworks, TV can never do this spectacle justice.

Here in Sunnyside and Woodside on March 3rd we had the 20th anniversary St. Pat’s For All parade, which keeps growing in popularity every year. Fun and whimsical, this famous parade was born in Queens and is a big favorite.

The very first official St. Paddy’s Day parade was in 1762, inspired by the Flushing Remonstrance, which is also considered to be the inspiration for the US Constitution’s provision on freedom of religion in the Bill of Rights.

“Everyone gets to be Irish on St. Paddy’s Day,” and it is a favorite holiday for many. In addition to the parade, there is much celebrating throughout the borough, so enjoy a fine, hearty Irish meal and brew or a specially concocted cocktail at one – or more! – of the many venues which create special menus and parties for the occasion.

St. Paddy’s Day is about more than Catholicism, parades and pubs though, it is also a time to commemorate Irish culture, and the countless contributions to the world by those of Irish ancestry, in every sphere of human endeavor. From the arts, including literature, music and painting to law, medicine, politics, science and everything in between, it would be impossible to find one area where there were not numerous luminaries of Irish ancestry.

To all our readers, we hope you enjoy one of our favorite holidays. Éirinn go Brách, or Ireland Forever, and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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