Sporting shamrocks, wide smiles and a touch of blarney, festive frolickers flicked on the cheer and headed for Park Slope to celebrate their Irish pride and in fitting style.
Revelers converged at 15th Street and Prospect Park West to step off the 35th Annual Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade after attending a pre-jaunt Mass at Holy Name Church, Prospect Park West, between Windsor Place and Prospect Avenue.
Strolling entertainers and marching bands — including the brassy Fort Hamilton HS band playing “Triller” over and over! — shared the spotlight with banner groups, grassroots leaders and costumed revelers, putting their best foot forward along 15th Street to Seventh Avenue, and along Union Street to Prospect Park West.
Leading the helm as grand marshal was renowned St. Francis Preparatory School football coach Vincent O’Connor, who strode to cheers from the crowd alongside his octet of aides.
This year’s trek was dedicated to the memories of Irish sports broadcaster Michael O’Hehir, among others.
And, of course, Borough President Markowitz was the unofficial master of ceremonies, handing out green bagels (from H&H, a Manhattan organization!).
©2010 Community News Group
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