Two for good luck! Brooklyn doubles up on St. Paddy’s parades

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A family affair: Pour House owner James Whiffen and his daughter Madelyn enjoying the parade outside Whiffen’s Third Avenue pub on Sunday.
Check out the get up!: Teressa Deady Kabbez and her son Daniel pulled out all the stops.
Raise a pint: The Sullivan-O’Connor family was the parade’s Irish Family of the Year and got a float in their honor!
Nice ride: The parade’s mascot, a labradoodle aptly named Seamus Butler, rode in style.
X-cellent tunes: Xaverian High School’s Pipe and Drum band filled the streets of Bay Ridge and the hearts of revelers with powerful traditional songs.
Dublin’ up: The O’Malley Irish Dancer Academy sent steppers to both the Bay Ridge and Park Slope Saint Patrick’s Day parades on March 20.
A McHugh-ge honor: Parade organizers chose James McHugh, a senior vice president at Signature Bank and Bay Ridge son, as grand marshal of Sunday’s parade.
New York’s Finest: The police department sent a band to Park Slope for Brooklyn’s oldest Saint Patrick’s Day parade on March 20.
Irish Eyes Are Smiling: Maeve Fitzpatrick and Devin Moore of Park Slope show some Saint Patrick’s Day at the Slope parade.
Drumming up pride: A proper pipe and drum band is central to any Saint Patrick’s Day parade.
A warm welcome: Grace Walsh-Kemmis, Carmel Crimmins, and Séamus Walsh-Kemmis, who moved to Park Slope from Ireland seven months ago, celebrated their heritage at Sunday’s parade.
Padraig’s pooch: Even Brooklyn’s four-legged residents took part in the festivities.

Brooklyn commemorated a bloody Irish rebellion in two St. Patrick’s Day parades on March 20.

Scores of proud Gaels — kilts and all — braved the foggy dew to celebrate Irish heritage and the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising during marches on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope and Bay Ridge, one leader said.

“It seemed a bit iffy at first with the weather, but the crowd really came out for it,” said Slope parade grand marshall Mary Hogan, the national president of the Ladies Ancient Order of the Hibernians, an Irish fraternal organization.

Organizers themed both marches for the Easter Rising — the bloody Dublin insurrection that helped kick-start the Irish War of Independence.

Before the Park Slope parade, Consul General of Ireland Barbara Jones read rebels’ 1916 proclamation declaring Ireland’s independence. Ahead of the Bay Ridge parade, organizers unveiled a “remembrance stone” at Saint Patrick’s Church for victims of the week-long uprising, including more than 250 civilians that the English killed.

Park Slope’s affair started after organizers wreathed a fire department truck from Union Street’s Squad 1 in honor of firefighters who died on 9–11. The engine led the parade, followed by scout troops, and Irish dance teams from O’Malley School in Marine Park and Buckley School in Park Slope. The pipes did hum, and drums did sound their loud tattoo — Brooklyn’s Clann Eireann band and Staten Island’s Celtic Cross band kept Slopers in time.

In Bay Ridge, Grand Marshal James McHugh — former chairman of the Saint Anselm Catholic Academy board of directors — led the borough’s largest St. Paddy’s parade down Third Avenue from Marine Avenue to 67th Street. Xaverian High Schools drummers kept time, and dancers from Buckley School stepped to the beat. The procession’s mascot — the aptly named labradoodle Seamus Butler — rode in style in a 1960s Ford Mustang.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Ferken Derya from Bensonhurst says:
Racists. It's St Patrick, not St. Paddy.
March 22, 2016, 8:09 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Huh? Patrick in Irish is Padraig...that is why the nickname is Paddy rather than the girls name: Patty.
March 22, 2016, 12:39 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:

So two days after was Saint Joey's day?
March 24, 2016, 11:12 am

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