43rd annual Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Parade brings cheer to Park Slope

It was another grand St. Paddy’s Day in Park Slope.

The borough’s beloved tradition, the 43rd Annual Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Parade, took place on Sunday, March 18, much to the delight of a large crowd of excited attendees.

The festivities commenced at 9 a.m. with a pre-parade Mass at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 245 Prospect Park West, with Most Reverend Witold Mroziewski.

At 12:35, before the parade step-off, the a Rededication Ceremony was held at Prospect Park West and 15th Street, in honor of the heroes and victims of the World Trade Center September 11 attacks.

Then, at 1 p.m., the parade stepped off from 15th Street and Prospect Park West, heading down 15th Street to Seventh Avenue, then along Seventh Avenue to Garfield Place and back to Prospect Park West, returning to 15th Street. Following the parade, an After Parade Party was hosted at the Holy Name Parish Hall featuring a corned beef and cabbage dinner, sold along with beer, soda, coffee and tea. In addition, there was a live performance by the Brooklyn Bards.

This year’s grand marshal was President of Green-Wood Cemetery Richard Moylan.

Aides to the grand marshal were Malachy McAllister (United Irish Counties Association of New York); Thomas Galligan (Grand Council of United Emerald Societies, New York City Department of Sanitation); Tracy Sullivan (owner of Connie O’s Pub in Greenpoint); Dorothy Taylor (Principal of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Academy); Louise O’Connor (Aide-at-Large, Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Office Manager); Thomas Alverson (piper with the Clann Eireann Pipe Band); Tommy McConvey (of the Brooklyn Shamrocks Gaelic Football Club); Joan Healy (Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Kings County Division 19, Gerritsen Beach); and Kevin Smylie (Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, Kings County Division 35, Flatbush).

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