The Green Mile: St. Pat’s kicks off with grand parades

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As the parade comes to an end, it is time to head home.
An Irish wolfhound makes the perfect mascot for the Queens County St. Pat’s Day parade in the Rockways, where all the big wigs pose for the official pre-march photo.
The head of the parade.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (c.), who represents the east end of the Rockaways, marches in the parade.
This band doesn’t have to walk the route. The group received a ride on top of a fire truck.
Mounted wih a surf board and all-terrain tires, this rescue truck from the Breezy Point Volunteer Fire Department is built for emergencies at the beach.
One of the few places left in New York City with a volunteer fire force, Broad Channel shows off one of its distinctive trucks.
Who says dogs can’t dress up for the occasion?
The St Pat’s Day Parade for All — started in 2000 as an alternative to the Manhattan march, which barred members of the LGBT community — kicks off with Councilman Daniel Dromm (c.), parade founder Brendan Fay (in striped scarf, r.) and this year’s grand marshals, New York Times columnist Dan Barry (with glasses, l.) and peace activist Kathleen Sullivan (in green cap, r.).
In the Irish tradition of honoring its political martyrs, this group carried a banner for the 19th century writer and revolutionist James Fintan Lalor, a founding father of the Irish uprising.
These kids have the best seats in the house.
A banner in memory of Maura Clarke, a Maryknoll sister and missionary who was murdered in 1980 in El Salvador with three other nuns by government troops, makes an appearance at the parade.
Along the parade route were several protesters from the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property — a traditionalist Catholic group that disapproves of LGBT groups marching in the parade.

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly here, but parades in celebration of the holiday have already started in Queens — one in Rockaway, the traditional first parade of the season, and the St. Pat’s Parade for All in Sunnyside.

Updated 12:46 pm, March 8, 2018
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