YONKERS, N.Y. -- 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 takes place on McLean Avenue on Saturday, March 19.
Quinn was diagnosed with ALS in March, 2013.
The official installation of Quinn as grand marshal and 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 marshal, 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, 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 ALS, commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Quinn is 33 years old and was born and raised in Yonkers. He attended St. John the Baptist grade school, Iona Preparatory School and Iona College. He played basketball in high school and collegiate rugby.
He has deep roots in Ireland. His father, Patrick Liam Quinn, was born in the town of Newry, and his grandmother was from County 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 Irish heritage, contributions to America and St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and the Archdiocese of New York.
The parade will get under way on Saturday, 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.