All Eyes Smile As Queens Parade Makes History

Date Published: 03/07/2002

Politics, pride and particularly warm weather mixed perfectly last Sunday as the third annual St. Patrick’s Parade proceeded from Sunnyside to Woodside. With the theme of “Cherishing all the children of the nation equally,” the event drew such diverse participants as school groups, gay
pride organizations, Mexican cultural societies, bag-pipers and even Mayor Jimmy Mulroy of the historic Irish city of Drogheda. Michael Bloomberg, the first New York City mayor to attend the parade, is seen in upper left photo with Senator Hillary Clinton and locals just before the start. In bottom left, Mychal McNichols (left) and Parade Chair Brendan Fay hold a banner honoring Fire Department Chaplain Mychal Judge, who died in the line of duty responding to the September 11 terrorist attacks. Greek Orthodox Bishop Pangratios, Senator Clinton, Borough President Helen Marshall and City Council Member Eric Gioia display an Erin Go Bragh banner in upper right photo. But the event’s shining stars were the mixed-grade students from P.S. 199 on 48th Avenue. Shown in bottom right, they held signs thanking rescue workers and sang school spirit songs as they followed the Skillman Avenue parade route. (photos: Odette Lupis)