The New York St Patrick's day parade has always been one of the best but it will be in good company judging by the number of advertisements I have seen for parades this year. I have to wonder however in many cases are the entrants really there in honour of St Patrick or are the parades used simply an excuse to present some personal agenda.
This year in New York a great Canadian lady, a great and tireless pro-life worker, and a great Irishwoman (all in one!) will be one of those carrying a 4.5 ft x 6 ft banner of Our Lady of Knock at the head of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City on Thursday next, St. Patrick’s Feastday.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, has said that he will be on the reviewing stand outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral and will be honouring Our Lady as the banner carriers approach the stand. At the Mass, earlier, in the Cathedral, the Archbishop will lead the people in a prayer to Our Lady, Queen of Ireland and her Divine Son asking Them to bless the streets of New York as her banner passes through the city.
You can watch the Parade, as it happens, on: www.nyc-st-patrick-day-parade.org
from 3 pm (Irish time) onwards. Be on the lookout for the Co. Mayo group, and don’t miss Our Lady’s banner!