YONKERS, N.Y. -- The two St. Patrick's Day parades in Yonkers have become one. The official Yonkers parade, held for the past 58 years along South Broadway, has merged with the McLean Avenue Merchants Association parade.
The 59th annual Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade is set for Saturday, March 22 and will step off at 1 p.m., at Bronx River Road and proceed up McLean Avenue to Coyne Park.
"This combination begins a new era for Yonkers as it brings together two celebrations honoring Irish heritage and contributions as well as the Patron Saint of Ireland and the Archdiocese of New York," representatives said. "This new future together promises to make Yonkers the place to be for St. Patrick's Day."
The celebration will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8 with the official flag raising ceremony at Yonkers Town Hall, followed by a 5 p.m. Mass at St. Mary's Church on South Broadway. The festivities will continue at the annual dinner/dance at 7 p.m. at Empire City Casino. On Saturday, March 22, another Mass will be offered in the St. Barnabas High School Chapel on McLean Avenue at 11 a.m.
The. Rev. Thomas Collins is the grand marshal of the 2014 Parade. Collins is the president of Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains. Born and raised in Yonkers, he graduated from Christ the King grammar school. He graduated from Stepinac High School and Iona College before entering St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers.
The aides to the grand marshal will be Seamus Clarke, Agnes Delaney, Scott Griffith and Kevin Hartnett. The official installation of the grand marshal and aides will take place on March 8 at a gala celebration of the Changing of the Sash in the Good Time Room at the Empire City Casino. Tickets are $90 per person.
For reservations, call dinner co-chairs; Jean Tickell at 914-419-3611 or Brigette Puma at 914-648-8854.
For more information on the parade, visit the McLean Avenue St Patrick's Day Parade Facebook page.