St. Patrick’s day parade kicked off with mild temperatures around forty two degrees. The parade was filled from Beach 133rd street to 98th street. Crowds of over 1,000 people from all races and cultures across the peninsula attended in good faith and solidarity.
Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the parade (he was on time) as well as Congressman Gregory Meeks, State Senator Joe Addabbo, City Councilman Eric Ulrich , Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, City Controller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Latisha James and representatives from Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder’s office.
Mayor De Blasio took his time speaking to the people of Rockaway about their concerns. During his speech on Beach 105th street, De Blasio mentioned the Rockaway Ferry. “The ferry will be back in Rockaway as promised by spring of 2017.” Crowds cheered at the end, as the mayor took pictures with the residents before leaving the Rockaways for the day.
Slideshow of photos at the parade.
Photos by Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet and Theresa Racine