"Shamrock To The Fore: Crowds Wear the Green, Marching Thousands and Waving Flags Honor St. Patrick's Day"

Title

"Shamrock To The Fore: Crowds Wear the Green, Marching Thousands and Waving Flags Honor St. Patrick's Day"

Subject

Irish-American, St. Patrick's Day

Description

This article illustrates the changing perception of the Irish in New York and the beginnings of the Irish-American identity during the early twentieth century. The location of the article on the front page, the celebratory language of the article, and the details of the parade show how the St. Patrick's Day Parade was an celebration of Irish heritage that the entire city participated in.

Creator

The New York Tribune

Publisher

The New York Tribune, Library of Congress, Chronicling America

Date

March 18, 1906

Rights

"Shamrock To The Fore: Crowds Wear the Green, Marching Thousands and Waving Flags Honor St. Patrick's Day," The New York Tribune, March 18, 1906, accessed at Chronicling America, Library of Congress.

Format

Newspaper Article

Coverage

Early 20th Century

Text

Excerpt from Article:

All New York City, from the Battery to The Bronx, from the North River to East New-York, seemed to feel imbued with the spirit of St. Patrick yesterday. As usual, green was the hue of the day, and Irish flags and banners fluttered side by side from houses and office buildings with the Stars and Stripes. At the City Hall the national flag was run up in an early greeting.

There was one place in Manhattan yesterday where the Irish flag swung to the breeze alone. Everybody going through 14th street saw it and thousands in other sections saw it also, because it was conspicuous in its eminence. Even patriotic Irishmen could not help observing that Tammany must have used all its American flags for advertising purposes during the late campaign.

“Why didn’t Grand Sachemn Cockran send them one?” somebody on the street inquired. Irishmen and Irish-Americans went to mass in the morning and got in line with the thousands in the afternoon. The feature of the day, of course, was the parade. All the Irish country organizations and the divisions of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Manhattan and The Bronx were in line, decorated with green badges, green sashes and that greenest of all things that grow, the immortal shamrock. Shamrock was shipped into New York by the bushel for this occasion, and it was a poor marcher yesterday who did not have a sprig of it. The parade followed special services in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where Archbishop Farley celebrated pontifical mass. The 69th Regiment, under command of Colonel Edward Duff, attended this service. Father Sherman, son of General Sherman, delivered the oration.

Original Format

Newspaper Article

Files

Collection

Citation

The New York Tribune, “"Shamrock To The Fore: Crowds Wear the Green, Marching Thousands and Waving Flags Honor St. Patrick's Day",” Inbetween Peoples, accessed January 29, 2020, https://as205.omeka.net/items/show/116.