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Red Storm Joins the Sea of Green on St. Patrick’s Day

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The luck of the Irish was on full display during this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, as snowy forecasts gave way to clear and sunny skies – and the St. John’s community was a major part of the festivities.

Alumni, friends, students, faculty and administrators joined together to march up Fifth Avenue, holding a St. John’s banner and wearing green University gear. Prior to the parade, they enjoyed Mass at the famous St. Malachy’s, The Actors’ Chapel and breakfast at St. Andrew’s Restaurant and Bar. 

“This event is a perfect combination of two historic New York City institutions,” said Walter Smith ’80C, ’85MBA. “I’ve marched with St. John’s for the last 10 years or so, and it’s always a lot of fun.

There are so many people in the crowd who cheer for us, because everyone in New York has a connection to St. John’s.”

For Michael Walsh ’62C, ’65GEd, ’66G, this annual tradition is a chance to reconnect with alumni of all ages, from recent graduates to those who attended the University’s historic Brooklyn campuses.

“Some of the people you meet here went to the Queens campus, the Staten Island campus,” he said. “My brother, meanwhile, graduated from the old Schermerhorn Street location – so this is really a great mix of alumni, and it’s fun to speak with them and find out why they feel so connected to St. John’s.”

Patricia Maiasky Cooke ’68Ed has never lost touch with the University she loves. She also welcomes any chance to celebrate her Irish culture, and as she mingled with other alumni over breakfast, she marveled at the family feeling that always surrounds SJU. 

“I’ve never met most of these people before, but we’re united by our love of St. John’s,” she explained. “It’s a wonderful feeling, to remember your college days, a time that was clearly the most free and fun period of our lives. It’s like we’re turning back the clock, and it’s especially enjoyable here on St. Patrick’s Day.”