Get ready to wear your green and celebrate Irish culture with Bayside’s first Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 24.
The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. starting at 36th and ending at 41st avenue along Bell Boulevard – home to a number of Irish bars and restaurants. Attendees will be able to enjoy the parade, along with great restaurant and bar specials along the corridor.
Parade participants include marching bands, community groups, and schools.
“We are so excited and happy to be participating,” said Ciara Green Erdman, owner and teacher of the Ciara Greene School of Irish Step Dancing. “Our dancers wait all year long to celebrate St. Patrick and show off their hours of hard work in learning and perfecting their amazing Irish Step Dancing skills.”
The Bayside based dance studio is expecting 50 to 60 people to march, with student participants ranging in age from three to 16 years old.
Another group excited to be participating in the parade is Inis Fada Pipe and Drum Band. Twelve to 15 band members will march, playing pipes, snare, tenor, and base drums.
“Many of us in the band – including myself – have lived or worked in Bayside and have deep connections with Bayside and Bell Blvd,” said John Graney, a piper in the band for 15 years. Our band has been around for nearly 60 years and we march in the same parades each year. Adding Bayside will be very exciting for us as it is close to our home base in Mineola, and familiar to so many of us. “We’re looking forward to meeting new people at Bayside, marching down Bell Blvd, and of course, the after party.”
Among other participants will be:
MTA PD Pipes and Drums, NYPD Marching Unit and color guard, Sword of Light, Molloy High School Pipes and Drums, AOH- Division #15- Whitestone, AOH/LAOH – Bayside # 13, Bayside Bombers Lacrosse Team, Boy Scouts Troops #75 and #85, County Cavan Association, County Down Association, County Mayo Society, County Roscommon Society, Fitzpatrick Academy of Irish Dance, Habitat for Humanity,Hispanic American Court Officers Association, Irish American Center of Queens Nassau, Suffolk and Mineola, Knights of Columbus -Dooley McGinvey, North Shore Animal Hospital, North West Bayside Civic Association, Sacred Heart Catholic Academy, Saint Francis Prep High School Irish Club, Shannon Gaels Gaelic Athletic Association and The Shield Institute.
The sponsoring organization for the parade is Bayside Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Inc.
For more information or to participate in the parade, visit their Facebook page here. The deadline for groups to send in an application to participate in the parade is March 1.
Photo credit: John Graney and Ciara Greene Erdman.
The Bayside Village BID is looking for volunteers for our upcoming Sunday Stroll on Bell Boulevard. This will mark the second straight year that Bell Boulevard will be transformed into a community space with live music, games and events showcasing everything the makes Bayside the best community in New York City. All of the activities at the event are free to the public. Volunteers will needed for the day 10 AM – 6 PM.
Tasks will include:
If you are interested in volunteering please contact the Bayside Village BID’s Executive Director, Lyle Sclair by phone 718-423-2434 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bayside Village BID will be hosting its Annual Arts and Crafts Festival Saturday, April 26 from Noon to 5 PM near the Bayside LIRR station. The Bayside Village BID Arts and Crafts festival is the premier outdoor art show in Northeast Queens. Entering its third year this event has features artist and creatives selling a wide range of mediums including paints, clothing, jewelry, photography, and sculptures to name a few. This event is marketed not only in Bayside, Queens but the surrounding neighborhoods including, Bay Terrace, Flushing, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, Hollis Hills and Oakland Gardens.
If you are interested in participating please download and fill out all the necessary forms. If you have any questions please contact the Bayside Village BID 718-423-2434.
Please return the completed forms back to the Bayside Village BID either by fax 718-423-1464 or you can mail the forms and payment to 213-33 39th Avenue Bayside, NY 11361. If you choose to pay by credit card please fill out the form below (it is a secure payment using Eventbrite a new windor/tab will open) and there is a nominal surcharge.
The Bayside Village first ever Weekend Walk was a huge success. The first closure of Bell Boulevard in over 20 years for a day long community event was attend by hundreds of families and individuals. With beautiful weather, the BID transformed Bell Boulevard from 39th Ave to 41st Ave was tranormed into pedestrian plaza. The giveaways, entertainment, food and other activities provided by the businesses along Bell Boulevard, it was a great day for the family.
Lucille Roberts kicked the day off bringing their Zumba class to Bell Boulevard. Local band Chicken Head kept the party going with their versions of American Classics. Emcee Jimmy James of Dance to the Music Entertainment made sure that everyone who came out had fun when he brought up Queen’s Dance Project and asking all of the kids in the audience to participate in their Hot Hula demonstration. Queen’s Dance Project followed up their Hot Hula class with a performance by their competition team.
The Mikey.k Project kept the party mood going with his original songs and his interpretation of current hit. The Boys and Girls of the Robert Mann Dance Studio, had the entire crowd standing and cheering with their performance. The Rogues rounded out the day with their brand of Rock and Roll.
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The Bayside Village BID would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for this event