Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The Chronicle Visits the Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade


Photos by Annie Boller

The 16th Annual Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration went off without a hitch yesterday afternoon with brisk but bearable weather, where Bronxites mixed with former Bronxites, adults reconnected with old classmates, Irish Americans partied with their honorary-for-a-day Irish American friends and kids learned about their heritage.

CHAMBER_IRISH_HERITAGE_2014_nora familyThe parade’s Grand Marshals were Woodlawn’s  Denis (who hails from County Kerry) and Noreen O’Donoghue (County Cork) (pictured to the left with friends and family Friday) own a small business and have volunteered with Calvary Hospital and Emerald Isle Immigration Center.   Mother Superior and CEO of Jeanne Jugan Residence Alice McGowan served as Honored Clergy Member.


(Above)The local East Bronx political establishment was out in full force. (l-r) Debbie McManus, former grand marshall Joe McManus, Tommy Messina, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, Chaim Goldstein, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, Senator Jeff Klein, Councilman Jimmy Vacca.



The Girls Scouts were out in full force, selling cookies on the sidelines and placing in this journalist’s unofficial parade’s cutest group marching contest.




As bands approached the 9/11 memorial at the FDNY Engine 72 located next to the Cross Bronx Expressway, many, such as these these transit workers in the video below,  paid their respects with the traditional Irish dirge Danny Boy.


There were many pups present, but this dog was Best Dressed.

The Chronicle’s Kathy Canonziero spoke with Bill Heany, one of the parade organizers and a member of the Throggs Neck Volunteer Ambulance Corps. , about his day celebrating.



Business was booming yesterday on E. Tremont Avenue for Throggs Neck merchants.



After the parade, throngs of parade goers made their way to the corner of E. Tremont Avenue and Gerber Place, where  a tent was set up at Barcliff Getty Service Station with a number of local bars serving Bronxite’s brews, while others stopped in to the Wild Wolf across the street.  Members of the 45th precinct (pictured above with The Chronicle’s Annie Boller) kept watch and the crowds in line.

 Click here for an additional gallery of our parade photos!

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