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I wanted to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Farrell's Indoor Sign

Thinking back, I recall attending the St. Patrick’s day parade over in Manhattan.

We’d hop on the F- train early in the morning. I think we even skipped school?

There was about 25-30 of us to start but for some strange reason on the way back after a long day, there’d only be a handful of us remaining.

We always found a way to get separated.

Food and booze were a big part of the celebration. Green beer and green pizza! I recently saw where Dunkin’ Donuts is serving green coffee. I’ll pass on that one.

Girls at Farrell's

As for the celebration in the neighborhood, there was the Irish-American day parade. It was always a great day. I recall standing alongside the parade route and watching everyone walk by.

I never had the opportunity to join the marchers. Not really sure if I had any interest to tell you the truth.  I have the image of Tom Cuite majority leader of the city council as the Grand Marshal and always seeing Joe Ferris waving to us as he walked by. “Look, he does like me!”

The parade would start at the circle and head down 15th street making a right turn on 7th avenue. (Or was it 8th avenue?) I’m not sure how far it went but I do know that it turned back up and came along the parkside all the way back to the circle.

As teenagers we’d sit on the wall or the benches cheering the bagpipes.

Weren’t they the best?

As I got older, they became my alarm clock earlier that morning as some of them parked in the girls schoolyard and practiced right out on the avenue, outside my apartment. Thanks a lot guys…

I always thought they looked silly in their kilts at the time but when I look back, and I have matured – I think they look great in them! If Mel Gibson can wear one, so can I.

The sounds of the bagpipes playing at the Irish American Day parade will always be in my head…


Enjoy the day and drink responsibly.

Remember, don’t drink and drive!

Be safe…