Paradegoers gathered on Sunday, March 20 at Hunter’s Steakhouse, right across the street from St. Patrick’s Church, for a pre-parade brunch that had the entire restaurant packed to the brim for a day of Irish-style celebration.
Toasting the Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade at the event were local celebrities such as State Senator Marty Golden, Assemblymember Pamela Harris and City Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who spoke in commemoration as well as honoring the parade grand marshal and deputy marshals.
Golden noted that the parade has been, “Tremendously successful over the last 23 years and a lot of that goes to Frankie Marra and Linda Gallagher-Lomanto and the committee.” Besides the many honorees of the parade, the late Larry Morrish — one of the founders of the parade — was also remembered.
“It’s a great kickoff to the parade and a wonderful celebration,” noted Marra. “On top of that, we were all happy the snow stayed away for the day.”