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Local 3 Gathers for the Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Pictured at the post Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebration are (l to r): Business Representative Thomas Capurso, Assistant Business Manager Paul Ryan, Business Representative Mike O’Neill, WMA President Dennis McSpedon, WMA Vice-president Stephan Mark and Local 3 Executive Board member Richard McSpedon.
The Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held on Sunday March 4, 2012. All members of Local 3, family and friends met at Radford Street and South Broadway to congregate together before the parade. The streets were lined with green and white and the sound of bagpipes could be heard by all.
Local 3 attends in large numbers and had been marching in this parade for many years. Local 3 always has such a large presence and shows solidarity that the community and politicians take notice when we march on by. This year is especially true being that it is an election year.
The parade was started at 1pm. It was time for us to march, so Pat Rafferty, Drum Major, commanded our very own Local 3 Sword of Light Pipe Band to sound off. They played brilliantly and lead our massive group down South Broadway. The members of our group put on their Local 3 hats, waved their banners and carried balloons.
With the bagpipes playing as we marched by, the crowd’s cheers could be heard as we passed by. Channel 12 News filmed us marching in the parade. The grandstand of politicians for the Yonkers parade announced “The Sword of Light Pipe Band Leading Local 3.” All in the grandstand were wearing our Local 3 hats for all to see.
At the end of the parade route all were invited to the Amakassin Club on Palisade Ave. in Yonkers. This was hosted by the Westchester Mechanics Association. Westchester Mechanics Club President Dennis McSpedon Jr. welcomed and thanked all the members who participated in the Parade. President McSpedon told all there “This event could not have been a success without all of you.”
There was an open bar and plenty of food and drinks for all to enjoy. The Kitchen Committee consisting of Henry Lang, Neil Della Rocca, and Rich Kenny made sure everyone was fed throughout the event. Many enjoyed their famous corn beef and washed it down with a cold beverage. There was entertainment provided by a DJ with music played by Gerard Delgrosso. The Christine Murray School of Irish Dance had many of their students perform Irish step dance for all who were there. It was a great day to show our strength in numbers like we do every time.