Sláinte!Bay Ridge celebrated its 21st annual Saint Patricks Day Parade on Sunday, March 23, marching merrily down the Third Avenue strip and having a ball.As promised by Parade Board President Frankie Marra, the South Brooklyn tradition was bigger and better than ever with thousands of Ridgeites and dedicated parade-goers braving the cold to celebrate Celtic culture and Irish heritage.For the first time ever, the legendary local parade featured floats one of which was dedicated to the Irish family of the year, the Moloneys.It was a tremendous turnout, said Community Board 10 Chair Brian Kieran, calling the parade just one of many Bay Ridge traditions that serve as a barometer of the neighborhoods civic spirit. It was a great conclusion to a month of celebrations.Borough President Eric Adams agreed, stressing that the parade is just one of many Bay Ridge events that make it that much better to be an Irish-American in one Brooklyn.This years parade was led by NYPD Deputy Chief and Grand Marshal Joe Fox, followed by Deputy Marshals Mary Kae Higgins, Brian Cassidy, Denise Benardello-Frederick, Kevin Fay, Catherine Toolan Gearity, Cathy Harkin and Dan Woods. Parade-goers partied on throughout the day at some of the many Third Avenue pubs, bars and restaurants. Ridgeites at the Wicked Monks new home on 95th Street were treated to a special performance by renowned Irish bands Jamesons Revenge and Shilelagh Law.
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