Photos: Bayside hosts first-ever St. Pat’s parade

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Bell Boulevard — eerily devoid of traffic for a Saturday morning — gets its final touches as a crew lays down stenciled shamrocks shortly before the first-ever St. Pat’s parade begins in Bayside.
The calendar says March, but sunny skies and a temperature in the high 40s call for sunglasses — and maybe a hat.
This bagpipe and drum band traveled from Breezy Point to perform in the parade.
The parade lasted nearly 90 minutes from beginning to end, so a place to sit was a good thing to have.
Pat Lynch (r.), head of the police officer’s union and grand marshal of the parade, has a blast at the march.
The Bayside Little Leaguers sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” as they march.
The MTA Police Pipes and Drums band marches down Bell Boulevard.
The view down Bell Boulevard at the parade’s end on 41st Avenue.
Members of the FDNY’s Holy Name Society honor fallen Firefighter Michael Davidson, who was killed fighting a fire in Harlem.
A green outfit seems to go perfectly with the wavy hair of this young pup, who is walking on behalf of the North Shore Animal League.
Paul DeBenedetto (l.) carries a bullhorn to drum up support along the route for the Bayside Historical Society contingent.
These siblings have all the gear they need for parade watching.
The tuba in the NYPD Marching Band carries the message for the day.

Organizers of the very first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Bayside started working on it last September. So no one was more happy to see the parade’s Grand Marshal, PBA President Pay Lynch, step off to start the march down Bell Boulevard last weekend.

Half a dozen marching bands and just as many pipe and drum corps provided the music for the parade, which ran for nearly 90 minutes. More than 35 other groups — from the Bayside Little League to the Ancient Order of Hibernians — marched from 35th Avenue to 41st Avenue.

A sunny day with temperatures in the 40s brought out some of the biggest crowds in recent memory. Estimates ranged to more than 1,000 spectators, without counting the youngsters sitting on dads’ shoulders.

If you missed it — or if you were there — here’s a sampling of what the day looked like. See more photos on our Facebook page.

Updated 6:45 pm, March 28, 2018
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