At the 23rd Annual St. Pat’s for All Parade 6 March Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, joined hundreds of marchers in the 23rd annual St Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside, Queens, New York City, on last Sunday, March 5. It was the largest in its history.
Parade Co-Chair Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy welcomed the crowd and former city Council member Danny Dromm introduced Minister O’Gorman and Grand Marshals Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, and Cáit O’Riordan, former bass guitarist for The Pogues.
They were joined by New York Attorney General Letitia James, New York State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris, New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams and more than a dozen city and state representatives who stepped off on Skillman Ave.
“I am so proud to be here representing the Irish Government at the St Pat’s For All Parade,” Minister O’Gorman told participants. “I’m proud today to represent the Government of a changed Ireland – the first country in the World to legalize same-sex marriage by a popular vote. While there is still work to do, Ireland today is a modern, open and welcoming society.”
First held in 2000, the St Pat's for All Parade was the first Irish parade to welcome members of the LGBTQI+ community to march openly. Today, it celebrates the diversity of the Irish and Irish-American communities of New York under the theme "cherishing all the children of the nation equally." The organizers’ mission statement declares that the parade “welcomes all to celebrate Irish heritage and culture regardless of race, gender, creed or sexual orientation.”
In his address from the stage, Minister O’Gorman said, “Irish society is multicultural and diverse, and so too is Irish America, and I’m delighted to see so many people here today celebrating their Irish heritage and Irish values of diversity and inclusion.”