Irish History – Col. Bob Bateman
From Liam Murphy Co-Historian Westchester County
— The New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade —
Monday Morning, 16th March, 11 AM to 12noon
Conversations with Claudia
Interview with AOH & Parade Historian John Ridge
— WVOX 1460 AM — wvox.com —
The first New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade was held in 1762, fourteen years before the Independence of the United States. In 2011 Ancient Order of Hibernians and Parade Historian John Ridge finished a landmark history:
Celebrating 250 Years of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
John Ridge will be interviewed, live, on the history of the New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, by Claudia McDonnell of Catholic New York, on her WVOX 1620 AM radio show, Conversations with Claudia, at 11 AM, on March 16th, 2020, the Monday morning before Saint Patrick’s Day. Claudia has, insightfully, covered the Parade for many years as a journalist, revealing things new, different and interesting, every time.
This is a book which can be begin to be judged by its cover, truly celebrating 250 years of the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. It gets better as you read. John Ridge, had earlier written a carefully researched and documented short (180 pages plus 24 pages of illustrations) history, The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York (1988), which made him the logical candidate to write the history of the first quarter-millennium of the Parade. John actually spent a couple of years in additional research (nothing John publishes is hearsay; it must be documented or it doesn’t make the final cut) aimed at producing a true historian’s magnum opus on the Parade. (See attached)
Just in case you don’t happen to be in the listening area for WVOX 1460 AM, broadcast from the top of a hill in New Rochelle (overlooking Long Island Sound), you can easily listen on-line, via the following link: https://www.lightningstream.com/Player.aspx?call=WVOX .
Celebrating 250 Years of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade