Sunday, October 14, 2012

Thank you from The Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee

Thank you from The Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee

Thank you to Grand Marshals Noreen and Denis Donoghue, and Mother Alice McGowan as the Honored Clergy who led the 16th Annual Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and for their support of the Parade.  The Parade Committee is grateful to have had such wonderful people lead the Parade, and are so happy that Denis was able to be there!

Thank you to the families of the Honorary Grand Marshals who allowed us to recognize their loved ones for their accomplishments and contributions to the Bronx. Thank you to the families of Tyler Albert, Donald Bloss, Mary Broderick, John Byrne, Anne Callahan, Ken Champlin, Steve Cioffi, Jack Featherstone, Richie Howley, Marion Hughes, Bill Kane, Ed Madden, John McCarthy, Ben McCooey, Jackie McGinty, Brian Nash, Florence O’Connor, Chris Provenzano, Maureen Roche, Mike Sack, and Mike Tarpey.

Thank you to St. Benedict’s Church, Parish, ushers and Knights of Columbus for hosting us, and also to Fr. Norton and the Children's choir led by Anne Meyer, for once again starting the day with such a beautiful Mass.

Thank you to Jim McQuade and Schuyler Funeral Home for underwriting the cost of breakfast. The McQuade Family’s support of the Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade is so amazing, year after year.

Thank you to Manhattan Beer Distributors for their donation of the commemorative t-shirts, sponsorship banners and continued support of the Parade, year after year.

Thank you to John Curtin for helping with the breakfast supplies and to the wonderful volunteers who once again served breakfast to hundreds after Mass.  They don’t do it for the thanks, but we’d be lost without them!  Thanks to Dan O’Connor, Robert “Beefman” Engel, Robert Johnson, Brendan Golden, Eileen Albin, Donna Callahan, Liz Donnelly, Gina Guzman, Colleen Lewis, Carol Cooper-Lyver, Katie O’Brien, Jamie Skrapits, Marge Tobin, Vicki Papp, Aidan O’Brien, Michael Crorkin, Michael Wickes, Kevin and Collette Maloney, & Andy and Chris O’Connor.  Thank you to the Marina del Rey who prepared the food gratis, that was served at breakfast and a special thank you to Barrino’s Market.

Thank you to the O’Brien family for hanging the Parade Sponsor banners at the Grand Stand – Ellen, Kelsey and Aidan O’Brien.

Thank you to the sponsors, the elected officials, the families of the Grand Marshals and Honorary Grand Marshals, the bands, schools, organizations, businesses and other marchers, all of whom made the Parade so grand! We are proud to say 20 bands and over 65 groups joined the March this year. We appreciate your faith and support!

Thank you to Laurie Galioto, the Line of March Chairman, who helped guide the marchers, and for your tireless work on the journal and other important endeavors.

Thank you to Captain James R. McGeown of the 45th Precinct, the officers of the 45th Precinct and all other precincts of the NYPD for their hard work to make sure everyone was safe during the Parade. We also want to thank 45th Precinct Community Affairs Officers Anne Marie Morrison and John Souhrada.

Thank you to the former head of Bronx Borough Patrol - Assistant Chief Carlos Gomez and Lieutenant John Donnellan, who coordinated the event. Also, special thanks and a warm welcome to Assistant Chief Larry W. Nikuen, Patrol Borough Bronx, who joined us for the Parade on his very 1st day in the Borough. Welcome!

Thank you to the NYC Parks Department, and especially Pelham Bay Park Administrator Marianne Anderson for all of her help.

Thank you to Jim McQuade and Chris Dalton for their superb emceeing at the Reviewing Stand.
Thank you to Jim McQuade for providing the beautiful horse and carriage to carry our Grand Marshals, and thanks also to the McGill Family of Chateau Stables for their contribution.

Thank you to Barbara Miller, our very gifted friend and seamstress who made the beautiful sashes for our Grand Marshals. Barbara, you are an expert at your craft and we appreciate your commitment – even long distance!

Thank you to Cate Behringer who created the lovely artwork for our Parade Journal cover and commemorative t-shirts.

Thank you to Peggy Vega and the local establishments and businesses who worked hard to sell the commemorative t-shirts.

Thank you to the flag hangers who diligently hung the Irish and American flags on East Tremont Avenue – Patrick Crorkin, Joe and Joseph Donovan, Willie Frano, Leo Kibler, the two Ray McCanns (father and son) J, Aidan O’Brien, Brian O’Connor, and Kevin Walsh - and also to Lloyd Bistany and Ryan Malloy who took them all down.  Your hard work helped make sure Tremont was alive with the pride of Ireland and the USA!

Thank you to the Donovan family for supplying their convertible, and being the chauffeur.

Thank you to Joe Mondello of Wide Area Communications for your work with the sound system.

Thank you to Jerry Landi of Amuck Duck Productions for recording the day’s events for us.

Thank you to Don Dzubiak who paints the green line down Tremont Avenue for us at a “Benevolent” price.

Thank you to Derek Woods for his continued coverage of the parade, year after year.

Thank you to Seamus Carey, Kathy Gallagher and the staff of the Wicked Wolf for hosting the parade committee meetings week after week. Your hospitality is always appreciated.

Thank you to the thousands of people who lined the Parade Route to cheer on the marchers and provided an amazing atmosphere!

Thank you to everyone who purchased a page in the journal, bought a t-shirt, and gave their time and energy to make the 16th Annual Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade so special!

Special thanks to the 2014 Platinum and Emerald Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors
($1,000.00 and above)
NYS Assemblyman Michael Benedetto
Brewski’s Bar and Grill
Jane Byrne and Family
Joseph Byrne
US Congressman Joseph Crowley
Ensign Engineering
The Frano Family
The Kelly and Cioffi Families
Manhattan Beer Distributors
Marina del Rey Caterers
The McQuade Family - Schuyler Hill Funeral Home
The New York Yankees
Plumbers Local Union #1
The Wicked Wolf Restaurant
Patrick Wynne, Esq.

Emerald Sponsors
($500.00 to 999.99)
The McCooey Family
The Keegan Family
Mike Rendino and Family

As you can see, it took so many people to make this Parade a reality. We can’t possibly thank everyone by name, but we certainly appreciate the hard work and effort! This is a proud Bronx event and we are so pleased to be a part of this wonderful community.

The Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade is always held the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day, rain or shine – so plan to join us again next year on Sunday, March 15, 2015.  The spectators make the day fantastic!