What to know about Staten Island’s 1st St. Patrick’s Day parade to include LGBTQ+ groups

A St. Patrick’s Day parade on Staten Island will openly welcome members of the LGBTQ+ community for the first time.

The new parade, officially known as the Forest Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade, kicks off in the borough on Sunday at noon. Mayor Eric Adams announced it last month as an alternative to the original Staten Island St. Patrick’s Day parade, which has banned LGBTQ+ groups from participating.

Carol Bullock, executive director of the Pride Center of Staten Island, said she’s “overjoyed” her organization will join the new parade after the older parade’s organizers denied the Center’s applications to participate for years.

“It’s so awesome,” Bullock said. “I don’t even think that word does it justice, but it’s just so great that we’re an amazing organization who does great work on Staten Island. And I’m just so proud and happy.”

About 60 members of the Pride Center and their supporters will march with a large banner at Sunday’s parade, according to Bullock. The Forest Avenue Business Improvement District is organizing the event.

“I just hope everyone comes out and celebrates their Irish heritage,” Bullock said. “And really understands what a great community we have on Staten Island and just has a fun, awesome day.”

“Come out and show your Irish pride,” said Nina Flores, executive director of the Forest Avenue BID. “Everyone should feel valued, welcomed, respected and included.”

The Staten Island St. Patrick’s Day parade was held on March 3. The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which ended its ban on LGBTQ+ groups about a decade ago, will take place in Manhattan this Saturday.

The Forest Avenue parade is free to attend and open to the public. Here’s more information about how to watch.

When is the parade?

The parade steps off at noon on Sunday, March 17.

How long will the parade last?

The parade will last about three hours.

Where is the parade?

The nearly 1-mile route will proceed along Forest Avenue in Staten Island, starting at Hart Boulevard and heading west toward Broadway.

How’s the weather looking?

Temperatures will be around the mid-40s in the morning, and are expected to rise into the high-50s by the afternoon.

What organizations will be marching?

Flores said the organizations marching in the parade include the Tottenville and Wagner high school marching bands, a local Girl Scouts troop, Spotlight Theatre Company, Nonprofit Staten Island and the Gay Officers Action League.

She said community leaders and elected officials, including City Councilmember Kamillah Hanks and state Assemblymember Sam Pirozzolo, would also attend.

Will any roads be closed for the parade?

Yes. Check out the latest road closures from the NYPD’s list below.

  • Forest Avenue between Hart Boulevard and Randall Avenue
  • Forest Avenue between Hart Boulevard and Broadway
  • Forest Avenue between Broadway and Clove Road

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