38th Annual Irish-American Parade In Park Slope

McDonoughs_Kathleen_JamesIrish Catholic heritage was on display at the 38th annual Brooklyn Irish-American Parade in Park Slope on March 17. This year’s parade was dedicated to the memories of the 29 Irish Korean War Veterans, 341 Brooklyn Korean War Veterans and the late parade committee member John McDonagh. Festivities began with morning Mass, celebrated by retired Auxiliary Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan at Holy Name Church. The bishop posed for a picture on the church steps with Father James Cunningham, Holy Name pastor; clergy; parade honorees and organizers and step dancers. Following breakfast in Shepherd’s Hall, local parishes, schools, pipe and drum bands and scouts stepped off at Bartel Pritchard Square. The NYPD marching band and color guard led the way, followed by the Brooklyn Irish American Parade Committee. Grand Marshal Robert O’Hare walked alongside his aides: Mary Lennon, John Houlihan, Rosemarie Coulson, Brigid Tully, Michael McMahon, Michael Carolan, Noreen O’Donnell-Mills and Frank Thompson.

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