Irish ramblers

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Wee bit Irish: Frank Trentinella may have an Italian last name, but he was 100 percent Celtic during the Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Pipes aflame: The Fire Department’s Emerald Society’s bagpipes blared down Third Avenue.
Dog has his day: Deputy parade marshal Michael Butler (owner of pet store Paws Truly) pals around with parade mascot Seamus Butler.
Reel good jig: Wee ones from O’Malley’s Dance Academy cut a rug during the parade.
Clovercast: Christine and Frank Connolly enjoy the parade from the shade of some very festive hats.
Their other bag: New York City Sanitation Pipes and Drums make good use of the other bags sanitation workers are known for — bagpipes.

Because St. Patrick’s Day isn’t over until Bay Ridge says so.

Thousands of Ridgites showed their Irish pride during the neighborhood’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 22 — five days after the venerable saint’s holy day. The 22-year-old neighborhood institution still managed to wow new generations experiencing it for the first time, said one reveller who brought her 3-year-old to the march.

“I grew up in Bay Ridge but this was the first time we took him to the parade,” said Dawn Trentinella, referring to her toddler Frank. “He had more fun this year than the one in the city.”

The Italian-surnamed tot paraded his Irish side during the march.

“My dad rents him a kilt for the parade — he’s done it since [Frank] was born,” Trentinella said.

But the young Trentinella wasn’t the only kilt-clad carouser in the massive stroll, which stretched along Third Avenue from Marine Avenue to 67th Street.

Bagpipers from a bevy of city organizations and community groups blared airs Éire down the avenue, accompanied by high school marching bands, dancers from O’Malley Irish Dance Academy and a host of community groups.

Colonel Joseph Davidson, garrison commander of Fort Hamilton, acted as Grand Marshall — flanked by eight deputy marshals and the parade’s Labradoodle mascot, Seamus Butler.

The neighborhood is already planning it’s 2016 parade, which is slated for March 20.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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