QUEENS COUNTY ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
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Queens County's participation in the New York County St. Patrick's Parade was undoubtedly sporadic in the 19th century. Access to Manhattan was via ferry only. Moreover, Queens County Hibernians in that era held their own parade in the vicinity of Long Island City. This changed in 1909 when the Queens County Hibernians, 1000 strong, had the distinction of being the first persons to cross the Queensborough (59th Street) Bridge from Queens to Manhattan to join the New York County Parade at 45th Street and Fifth Avenue. Queens County Hibernians continued to parade around the streets of Long Island City and environs on St. Patrick's Day before joining the parade in Manhattan until 1928. Thereafter, it seems, the practice was discontinued.
The Queens County Hibernians were led across the bridge in 1909 by their County President, Peter J. Mc Garry, a civic leader who was instrumental in having the bridge opened on the day of the parade. Mr. Garry subsequently became a New York State Senator and was the Grand Marshal of the New York County Parade in 1926.
Queens County has supplied four Grand Marshals of the New York City Parade. They were:
PETER J. MC GARRY, Queens County Board President. 1926 Parade
JOHN (PAT) CLANCY, Queensborough President. 1961 Parade
MICHAEL FLANNERY, President Division 10, Queens 1983 Parade.
DOROTHY HAYDEN-CUDDAHY, Division 14, Queens, LAOH, the first Lady Grand Marshal 1989 Parade.
St. Patrick's Day Parade
St. Patrick's Day Parade
PLACE AND TIME OF FORMATION
Assemble on March 17th at the place and time designated below
NAME OF ORGANIZATION:AOH QUEENS COUNTY
TIME OF ASSEMBLY: 12:50 P.M.
PLACE OF ASSEMBLY: WEST 46th Street
On 46 Street between 5th Ave. & 6th Ave.
between street door numbers 59 and 5th Ave.
When the signal is given for your Organization to get ready to march, please line up:
Each Organization must enter the Parade only from its designated Formation Street that is
listed here and in the Official Program. No Organization is permitted to enter the Parade from the
sidewalks of Fifth Avenue.
Organizations must line up between the above door numbers on the Street assigned and
march in the sequence listed above. Only Organizations that have been invited to march and are
affiliated with the Parade Committee are permitted to march or to display their banners. This rule is
Please supervise the last row of marchers in your unit. DO NOT ALLOW "side-walk-
stragglers" to fall in behind them. Any marcher exhibiting improper behavior will be removed. Do
not attract unfavorable comments from the spectators and news reporters by allowing
"undesirables" to join your ranks from the sidewalks while you are marching. Protect your good name.
GUIDELINES FOR THE ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE PARTICIPANTS
All units must have two (2) flags. Irish & American flags or no flags at all.NO EXCEPTIONS!!
A minimum of eight (8) abreast. Ten (10) if room is available. A unit with 250+ members
MUST march 10 abreast.
Two (2) officers of each marching unit should bring up the rear.
The only banners allowed are ones identifying the unit or "England Get Out of Ireland".
Only one banner for each unit. NO EXCEPTIONS!!
Green hats, sneakers, or other "odd ball" dress should be discouraged.
No animals or mascots
No eating, drinking or smoking in the line of march.
No displays of any kind will be permitted. DO NOT ASK!!!
Units should make sure they are in proper formation before approaching Fifth Avenue.
After units get on Fifth Avenue, no stragglers should be allowed to join the unit.
Unit marshals should be on the alert for this at each intersection. Please be vigilant.
Shirts with advertising are NOT an appropriate form of dress.
Your comments are always welcomed.