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Trinity Participates in the 2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade
Binghamton held its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday March 3rd. It was a bit of a nail-biter, whether the weather would be friendlier to parade participants and onlookers than in the past years, but in the end, nature was kind: it was rather cool, and windy, but no snow, and no bone-chilling cold.
Trinity has participated in the parade for the last four years. This year we had about 35 members that braved the cold weather to walk alongside our float, which was decorated with a large Celtic cross, a shamrock with a Claddagh on it, and an arch from which one of the choir members, Greg Keeler, sang Danny Boy along the parade route. We handed out candy and beads to thousands of onlookers. The Trinity banner led the way with a processional cross and streamers right behind. After we completed the parade route we returned to Trinity for a little after-parade party where we shared chili, pizza, hot soups and snacks, and Greg treated us to a deeply touching rendition of Danny Boy.
The parade offers us an opportunity of outreach and positively promoting our church, which is recognized for our many outreach programs, musical events, and involvement in our community. The church is not just a building, but the many wonderful people that are involved in the ministry of the church. Thank you to all those wonderful people that helped in any way on Parade Day or with the preparation of it.
This year we added another banner: Fr. Glenn had challenged us in the prior Sunday’s sermon to stand up as a church, and not be afraid or hesitant to support a cause. We are called to support the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in their efforts to start a serious dialogue on gun control. We wanted our community to know of our support of the issue. The challenge from the pulpit was heard loud and clear and two banners were purchased and ready to carry in the parade within four days’ time. The banners read: “Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church #NEVERAGAIN.”
Thank you Glenn for the challenge to stand up, and thank you to the donors and leadership to make this happen. You may see these banners outside of the church.
Jeff Fellows, Buildings and Grounds Manager