Yonkers Celebrates The Irish With St. Patrick's Day Parade

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George Coleman of the Bergen County Pipes and Drums performing at the Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade.
George Coleman of the Bergen County Pipes and Drums performing at the Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Classy Danger and Smacky of Suburban Roller Derby took part in the Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Classy Danger and Smacky of Suburban Roller Derby took part in the Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
John Morrison and his daughter Cassidy attend the Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade.
John Morrison and his daughter Cassidy attend the Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Frank Armstrong, marching with the Rockland County police.
Frank Armstrong, marching with the Rockland County police. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Yonkers police ride in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Yonkers police ride in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Marchers take part in the Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Marchers take part in the Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Westchester County Police march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Westchester County Police march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
The McLean Avenue Merchants Association marches in the Yonkers St. Patrick's Day parade.
The McLean Avenue Merchants Association marches in the Yonkers St. Patrick's Day parade. Photo Credit: Sam Barron

YONKERS, N.Y. -- It was easy being green in Yonkers on Saturday.

The city held its 59th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on McLean Avenue, uniting everyone in a sea of green. This was the first parade since the South Broadway St. Patrick's Day Parade and the McLean Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade merged in December of 2013.

The parade was led by the grand marshal, the Rev. Thomas Collins, president of Stepinac High School in White Plains, and his aides: Seamus Clarke, Agnes Delaney, Scott Griffith, Kevin Hartnett, Thomas Hewitt, William Mooney, Allison Mosher Burke and Nuala Purcell.

Chase Danger and Smacky of Suburbia Roller Derby, based in Yonkers, said they were excited to march in the parade.

"We're excited to be in our community," Danger said. "This is one of the most fun parades to be a part of. It's such a beautiful day."

John Morrison brought his family to the parade, having grown up in Yonkers watching the South Broadway parades.

"We want to see our friends who march in it," Morrison said. 

Organizers say the parade, which attracted more than   15,000 spectators, is about honoring St. Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland and of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, as well as to celebrate the history, culture and tradition of the Irish throughout Yonkers.

The first St. Patrick's Day Parade in Yonkers was held in 1857.

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this is the first time in 35 years that i havent seen the Saint Patrick's day parade-i understnd that the merchants on McClean have a vested interest in having the parade there to simulate their business-but i really miss seeing the parade march down south Broadway towards the square as it has done all the time i have lived here