Eire of the dog! Seamus is star of Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Parade — again!

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Going green: Eddie Silvestro is always ready for St. Patrick’s Day!
There’s a pot of gold at the finish line!: Cheryl Gilroy and Alanna Hogan race to the finish line during the parade’s first fun run kick-off event.
Family fun: Thomas and Danielle McDonagh and their daughter Mackenzie enjoy the festivites after the parade.
Keeping warm: Liza Schneider Lloyd, Hope Cullen, Ashley Hannah, and Kimberly Robertson Gibbons enjoy a few drinks on a chilly parade day.

It was a St. Patrick’s Day full of pats!

Hundreds of revelers turned out for the Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 26, lining Third Avenue to catch pipers, dancers, and most importantly, the procession’s official canine mascot Seamus — a local labradoodle who has cruised down the strip in every procession since 2012.

And, as always, and the pooch lapped up the attention, according to his owner.

“He always enjoys that ride, looks like he does, anyway — he gets to see all his friends every year,” said Deirdre Cronin Butler, co-owner of pet store Paws Truly, where Seamus hangs out between parades.

Seamus sat in the back of a blue Mercedes convertible proudly sporting a green get-up. He always gets a new hat for the event — this year’s was a green-and-white-striped top hat with shamrocks — and has finally come to terms with the accessories, said Cronin Butler.

“When he was much younger it took about 400 milk bones, but he became accepting of it and now we can put any hat on him,” she said.

For the first time ever, this year’s parade also included a “Shamrock Run” from 95th Street to Ovington Avenue. Runners say it was indeed a fun run — but not as fun as seeing Seamus.

“Every year we like to stay in front of Paws Truly and watch Seamus go by in the car,” said participant Cheryl Gilroy.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 1:34 am, July 10, 2018
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