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The 19th Annual Bay Ridge Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Marches on Third Avenue

Shamrock shift! Saint Paddy’s Parade marches on Third Avenue for first time

Brooklyn Daily

The streets of Bay Ridge ran green on Sunday as its annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade stepped off for the 19th time — and for its first-ever run on Third Avenue.

Thousands lined the streets on March 24 to watch the Celtic-themed cavalcade of marching bands, dancers, and pipe players march from Marine Avenue to 68th Street — a crowd that parade organizers boasted was twice as large as they got last year on Fifth Avenue, the procession’s former venue.

“There’s nothing wrong with a change of pace,” said emcee Peter Clavin, who also attributed the success to the fair weather. “We got a great day, and people were really with us.”

The parade’s committee decided to make the move last September because of a dwindling audience and lack of support from Fifth Avenue stores and because Third Avenue vendors made a better offer. Committee vice president Linda Gallagher said that the new hosting thoroughfare’s investment in the parade paid off.

“Every block was filled, and that’s good for all of the businesses,” said Gallagher.

But committee president Frankie Marra said that the event was not about pitting one corridor against another, but about creating unity in the community.

“It’s the neighborhood coming together,” said Marra “The parade’s on Third Avenue now, but the important thing is that it’s in Bay Ridge.”

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.

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TOM from BAY RIDGE says:
Yes the Bay Ridge St Patrick's day parade was very nice on 3rd ave until they allowed the Arab American Association to march in an Irish Parade. I booed and yelled at them (including some things I can't print) outside Yellow Hook but the people in the crowd said nothing. The crowd just accepted them. One father even yelled at me saying that their are kids around and that I should not be saying the things I said. Well he was not a 9/11 survivor. I am. So he should not talk. I think he lost his mind. This is not the Bay Ridge that I grew up in the 80's and early 90's. Arabs have no right at all to march in our parade. They can go march in their own SandNixxer parade. North Bay Ridge has turned into Beiruit especially along 5th ave from 65th st to now about 78th street.
March 31, 2013, 1:41 pm
Nancy from Bay Ridge says:
You're really an @**hole Tom.
April 3, 2013, 1:19 am
TOM from BAY RIDGE says:
@Nancy. One I am not an A-hole. Two I am right on how Old Bay Ridge used to be. Arabs should not be marching in an Irish parade. I don't think we be welcomed marching in their parades with my own banner and I don't want to either.
April 3, 2013, 1:26 pm
JACK from MARINE PARK says:
I agree with Tom. OK. Mabye saying what he said in front of kids was probably not the best thing but Arabs should not be marching in an Irish Parade under their own banner. As a parent I understand Tom's point of view and my kids have heard this before. However sometimes some things need to be said. I am surprised that the Irish Parade committee and Grand Marshall there allowed them to march at all. I used to live in Bay Ridge way back in the 70's and early 80's and I know that it has changed a lot and not really for the better. Surprised that the Irish in the crowd accepted them.
April 3, 2013, 3:52 pm

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