St. Patrick's Day came a bit early with the St. Pat's for All Parade on Sunday, which kicked off at Skillman Avenue and 47th Street in Sunnyside at 1 p.m. The festivities lasted through the evening, when after the parade a reception and benefit concert were held at the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan.
In Sunnyside, paraders celebrating the wearing o' the green marched to Woodside Avenue and 58th Street, with many area politicians as well as Mayor Bloomberg showing their support in opening remarks or participating in the parade itself.
First organized in 2000, St. Pat's for All aims to be an inclusive celebration of Irish heritage, and welcomes anyone to participate, "regardless of race, gender, creed or sexual orientation," the parade's website says.
Groups that paraded included dance troupe the Keltic Dreams of PS 59 in the Bronx, area Girl Scouts troops, the Ethical Humanist Society of Queens, the San Simon USA Bolivian Caporales folk dancers and the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee.
Among the politicians showing Irish pride Sunday were Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker (D-Jackson Heights), Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills).
Corrections were made to photo caption information accompanying this story, regarding the school the Keltic Dreams attend, and the stilt-walker, whose name was incorrectly cited.