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Park Slope St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Brooklyn’s oldest

March 23, 2018 By John Alexander Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The NYPD Marching Band in front of the Pavilion movie theater in Park Slope. Eagle photos by Arthur De Gaeta
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It was a sea of green as Irish eyes were smiling in Brooklyn on Sunday as Park Slope held its 43rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. And it certainly felt like Ireland had relocated to the borough as crowds of marchers and revelers traveled along the parade route.

Park Slope hosted the borough’s oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and this year’s theme was memorializing the Irish patriots buried in Glasnevin, Dublin and Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

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The pre-parade mass took place at 9 a.m. at Holy Name Church of Jesus Christ Church, 245 Prospect Park West, with the Most Rev. Witold Mroziewski, auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn.

The parade began at 1 p.m. at 15th Street and Prospect Park West and traveled down 15th Street to Seventh Avenue and then along Seventh Avenue.

The parade was dedicated to the memories of Bishop Thomas Daily, sixth bishop of Brooklyn and Msgr. Fursey O’Toole. There was also a remembrance of Knights of Columbus member John “Joe” Maloney.

This parade’s grand marshal was Richard J. Moylan, president of Green-Wood Cemetery. Moylan has been president of Green-Wood for 32 years.

“As a Brooklynite — and someone who has worked at Green-Wood since 1972 — it was quite an honor to be named grand marshal of this year’s Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Parade,” Moylan told the Brooklyn Eagle.

“Green-Wood is the final resting place of so many revered Irish heroes and we are proud to play a role in preserving their stories along with the Parade Committee. I applaud events like this that help keep alive the spirit and accomplishments of those who came before us. And, of course, it’s a nice nod to my own Irish heritage.”

Also marching in the parade were Assemblymember Robert Carroll and City Councilmember Brad Lander.

The event was organized by the Brooklyn Irish American Parade Committee. Mary Hogan was the parade chairwoman and Michelle Brennan was the co-chair.


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