2009-02-13 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

St. Pat's Parade Committee Names Honorees

Parade To Step Off On March 7
By Howard Schwach

Pipe and Drum Bands are the highlight of any Irish parade. Pipe and Drum Bands are the highlight of any Irish parade. The Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee has announced its honorees for this year's parade, which will step off at 1 p.m. on March 7 from Newport Avenue and Beach 129 Street.

The parade route moves east on Newport Avenue to Beach 116 Street, where it turns south to Rockaway Beach Boulevard. From there, the line of march moves east on the Boulevard to the reviewing stand at Beach 95 Street.

The Grand Marshal for the 34th annual parade will be New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who did not take part in last year's parade.

The Gael of the Year is Dennis Milton, the business agent for union local 580.

The Honorary Grand Marshals are City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Martin Cottingham, manager of the Grubb and Ellis Corporation.

Deputy Grand Marshals include Captain Joan Duffy, New York Courts; Captain Joe Duggan, FDNY; Richard Knott Jr., Knights of Columbus; Maureen Lahey, Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians; Michael Gallagher, New York City Department of Sanitation; Father Brendan Duggan, Chaplain for the Irish Apostolate of the Holy Ghost Fathers; Kevin Smith, K&S Industries; Mary Heaney, nursing; Kathleen Carroll, business and Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley.

Everybody is Irish on St. Patrick's Day in Rockaway. Everybody is Irish on St. Patrick's Day in Rockaway. The parade day will begin with a Mass for Peace at St. Francis de Sales Church, Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 129 Street, at 9 a.m.

The parade will begin with the blowing of a whistle by Captain Thomas Barrett, the Commanding Officer of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach.

One of the highlights of the parade, says Michael Benn, the parade president, will be a display of all the flags from Ireland and a presentation of an "Oreachtas Cup from Ireland."

Due to problems in last year's parade, when an errant horse broke lose and injured some spectators, Benn says, the parade committee will require that each marching unit this year will have to file a release form, which must be submitted prior to February 28.

The release form can be obtained at the parade website, www.queenscountyparade. org.

Large crowds of adults and kids traditionally line the parade route. Large crowds of adults and kids traditionally line the parade route. There will be no exceptions, Benn says.

The parade committee's gala Installation Dance will be held on February 21 at Antun's in Jamaica.

Benn invites all community-based groups who want to march in the parade to contact him at 718-318- 4749.

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