No matter how you spent your St. patricks day I hope everyone will be safe and have a good time. You might want to consider stopping by the Tamaqua, where there will be good food, Irish step dancing from Maureen O’Malley and a live band (Alive N Kickin’)
As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, numerous events are happening all over the city. St. Patrick’s Day is a great experience in Gerritsen Beach, so check out this information to make your St. Patrick’s Day all it can be.
Today was the First Annual St. Patricks Day Parade. It was put together by Jim Donovan in memory of his father Thomas G. Donovan who recently passed away.
The forecast called for heavy rains and increasing winds but despite that forecast a hundred or so people came down to march in the parade to march down Gerritsen Avenue. The weather was so bad everyone was drenched, hats were blowing away, flags were like parachutes blowing the flag bearers in every which direction. Everyone gathered after at the Hibernians where there was a good spread of Corned Beef, Cabbage, and Desserts.
The parade this year had to be held this year on the sidewalk only because the city is not issuing any new permits for parades and existing parades have to be cut by 25%. However, the 61st Precinct was kind enough to cooperate with the parade organizers to allow them to march on the sidewalk. They were also kind enough to provide an escort and assist in street crossings (maybe to make sure the parade didn’t stray onto the street) .
1st annual St Patrick’s Day Parade Gerritsen Beach
In Memory of Thomas G. Donovan
Date: Saturday, March 13, 2010
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Gerritsen Ave and Whitney Ave
1st annual St Patricks Day Parade Gerritsen Beach.
Via the Facebook Invite:
The parade is in honor/memory of my father who was involved with marching bands all his life for the community. We will step off @ 12:00pm Saturday March 13th in front of the VFW hall on Gerritsen Ave. The parade will continue down Gerritsen Ave and end at the Knights of Columbus. All are welcome, we will be assembling at 11:00am.
After the parade we will have a few places to go, The KofC, and the Hibernians hall.
Next week is St. Patrick’s day, and being a working class neighborhood with Irish neighbors, what are your St. Patrick’s Day Plans? A party that Wednesday? A party the weekend before or the weekend after? or are you already partying?
Then there is a story a brewing in Queens (via the daily news)where a mother is complaining about an irish t-shirt stereotype. The store eventually pulled the shirt off their shelf’s which said: ‘I may not be an Irish girl but I drink like one’. What do you think?
The GBCMB is thrilled to announce that they have been noticed by the judging committee of the NYC St. Patrick’s Parade. Their step off time is 12:20 as opposed to 2:30, the difference being a 4pm step off vs. at 1-1:30 step off. Keep a look out for the Band representing the fine neighborhood of Gerritsen Beach.
Hip, hip, hooray for all the Volunteers of the Community Marching Band!