March 2, 2012 By Christian Murray
The 13th annual Sunnyside/Woodside “St. Pat’s for All” parade is scheduled to take place this Sunday, March 4.
This year’s parade will begin at the corner of 47th Street & Skillman Ave. and end at Woodside Ave. & 58th Street. Participants are advised to show up at about 1:00 pm, although the parade does not officially kick off until 2:00 pm.
The St. Pats for All parade was initially viewed as a gay-pride parade, since it was started by a number of Irish men and women who were not allowed to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Fifth Ave under a gay banner.
Today, the Sunnyside/Woodside event has morphed into more of a community parade, where seniors, children, minorities, gays and even a local dog group participate.
The co-chairs, Brendan Fay and Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy, have always sought a community event—although with an underlying Irish flavor.
This year Peter Quinn, author of the “The Man Who Never Returned,” and Mary Brosnahan, the executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless, have been named as grand marshals.