St. Patrick’s Parade Honorees Announced

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We know it’s just Thanksgiving, but it’s time to start thinking about St. Patrick’s Day! Many recently got into the spirit with the Queens County Parade Committee’s Hearts and Shamrocks fundraiser, where Rockaway got to meet the 2022 parade honorees, including The Rockaway Times’ own managing editor, Katie McFadden!

On Saturday, November 20, all gathered at St. Camillus’ Springman Hall for the event that featured live music by the Celtic Justice band, a special performance by the County Tyrone Pipe Band and a night of dancing, drinking and of course, corned beef.

After last year’s festivities were cancelled due to Covid, it was a true celebration of the hopeful return of the 46th Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day parade, scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2022.

At the event, the honorees were introduced. Next year’s Grand Marshal is John Samuelsen, International President of the Transport Workers Union. Samuelsen was not in attendance on Saturday. However, Honorary Grand Marshal, Senator Joe Addabbo was, as well as most of the deputy grand marshals. Among them are Donna Ehret, major of the NYS Courts, John Fahy of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 21, although John Moroney spoke on his behalf as he couldn’t be there, Russell Hauk, a grand knight of the Knights of Columbus, Maureen Logar of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 25, John McGovern of the County Tyrone Pipe Band, Edward Moloney, sergeant of NYS Courts, Ray Otton, a volunteer for the St. Camillus Special Olympics, St. John’s Hospital as a unit, an honoree from the Department of Sanitation that will be named, and The Rockaway Times’ own Katie McFadden.

McFadden, as Irish as they come, could not be more thrilled about the honor. McFadden has long embraced her Irish heritage. She’s worn step dancing shoes as a former member of the O’Malley Irish Dance Academy and a kilt as a former snare drummer for the Breezy Point Pipes and Drums band. Her family hails from County Donegal.

McFadden is a champion for Rockaway. She lifeguarded its beaches for seven summers and for the past seven years, she’s worked with The Rockaway Times, serving as a cheerleader for the community by bringing attention to important issues, new businesses and local residents through her stories. In 2016, she resurrected the Rockaway Sandcastle Contest on Beach 117th Street with the Parks Department, hosting this family-fun activity each summer.

“I’m proud to celebrate my culture and to stand for my community through The Rockaway Times, as a deputy grand marshal in the 2022 Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” McFadden said. “I know guardian angels, my grandma, Patricia Edwards, my mom, Patricia McFadden and my family friend, Faith Urban, will be watching over on parade day.”

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