A Great Day for the Irish
Irish eyes were smiling last Saturday, March 4 as the 48th Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade came marching down Rockaway’s streets.
Despite being a little overcast, the rain cleared in time for a mild day to march. The parade kicked off on Beach 130th and Newport Avenue with a singing of the Irish and American National Anthems, before the parade honorees, including Grand Marshal Michael O’Toole, vice president of Local 282 Teamsters, cut the ribbon to start the parade. From bagpipe groups to Irish dancers, schools to fire departments, there was representation from all across the peninsula, Queens and beyond, while locals lined the streets to cheer everyone on before heading off to family shindigs and local music events, including the ever-popular Shilelagh Law, along with Two Degrees playing the rugby tent.
Kudos to Parade Committee President Mike Benn and all of the organizers on yet another successful parade.
Photos by Dan Guarino, Mark Eidinger, Phyllis Inserillo, Annie Lawler, John McCann, Katie McFadden.