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SJU Community Is Well-Represented at New York’s St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 20, 2014

Proudly wearing the green—and red—more than 125 St. John’s students, employees, and alumni marched up Fifth Avenue behind the University’s banner at New York City’s 253th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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About 40 SJU marchers gathered early for a breakfast and brunch at St. Andrew’s Restaurant and Bar on West 46th Street. Then they met the rest of their fellow marchers at Fifth Avenue. Lifting the St. John’s banner before them, students led the way, followed by Rev. John Kettelberger, C.M., university chaplain; Brian Browne, assistant vice president for government relations; and staff from the Offices of Alumni Relations and Institutional Advancement.

“St. Patrick’s Day is always a great day for St. John’s University—and for everybody,” said Browne. “Our students, staff, and alumni proudly displayed their St. John’s shirts and caps while joining in a New York City celebration that’s actually older than our nation itself.”

The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the oldest and largest in the US. The tradition began on March 17, 1762—14 years before the Declaration of Independence.