By John Cirillo
With March approaching, it’s almost time to pass the sash! It will be all Irish and all Yonkers when Tim Rooney, Jr. does the honors, handing it off to Pat Quinn. Here ya go with all the info on the upcoming luck of the Irish!
Patrick Quinn, a leading advocate for increasing awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), has been selected 2016 Grand Marshal for the 61st Annual Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade which take place on McLean Avenue on Saturday, March 19. The official installation of Mr. Quinn as Grand Marshall and the Aides for the Parade will take place on Sunday, March 6, at a gala celebration of the “Changing of the Sash” in the Good Time Room at Empire City Casino at 6:30 p.m. Empire City General Counsel Tim Rooney, Jr., last year’s Grand Marshall will “Pass the Sash” at that time.
Tickets for the gala Dinner/Dance are priced at $90 per person, and include an open bar, prime rib or salmon dinner (chicken and vegetarian option), complimentary valet parking, and entertainment by the legendary Guss Hayes Band. For reservations and more information visit http://www.yonkersstpatricksparade.org/dinner-menu-page.
Quinn was and remains at the forefront of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, connecting to a myriad of networks to popularize the challenge around the United States and around the World in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Patrick Ryan Quinn is 33-years-old, and was born and raised in Yonkers. He attended St. John the Baptist grade school, Iona Prepratory School and Iona College. A strong athlete, he played basketball in high school and collegiate Rugby. Pat was diagnosed with ALS in March, 2013.
Pat Quinn’s Irish Ancestry: Quinn is of Irish ancestry. His father, Patrick Liam Quinn was born in the town of Newry, linking Quinn’s grandmother from Count Armagh and grandfather from County Down. His mother Rosemary’s maiden name is Keane, and his great grandparents are from County Cork, County Clare and the County of Westmeath.
In 2014 the South Broadway St. Patrick’s Day Parade merged with the McLean Avenue Merchant’s Association St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This combination began a new era for Yonkers in honoring our Irish heritage, contributions and Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland and the Archdiocese of New York. The Parade will be underway on March 19 following a Mass at St. Barnabas High School Chapel on McLean Avenue, when marchers step off at 1:00 p.m. on McLean Avenue west of Bronx River Road.