Mayor Adams soaks up the St. Patrick’s Day festivities

NEW YORK — Eric Adams may have a reputation as the mayor of nightlife, but on this St. Patrick’s Day, Adams got the party started a little early. By 10 a.m. he was already down to his second pint of Guinness as he made his way to two Irish pubs in Midtown to kick off the day’s festivities.

What do you want to know

  • Thursday marked Eric Adams’ first St. Patrick’s Day parade as mayor, and he celebrated with a morning visit to two Irish pubs
  • Adams took the opportunity to trumpet the city’s return to normalcy, drawing a comparison to the city’s recovery after 9/11
  • Adams walked up Fifth Avenue alongside Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell and other police officials
  • Governor Kathy Hochul marched alongside State Attorney General Letitia James, who dropped out of her gubernatorial campaign in December

The pub crawl was in line with Adams’ continued focus on the city’s economic rebound. Gone is the city’s vaccination mandate in bars, restaurants and other places. And St. Patrick’s Day crowds, at least, were back in full force on Thursday.

In a live radio interview from Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant, Adams drew a comparison to the post-9/11 recovery.

“COVID is not terrorism, but it has brought terror,” Adams said. “And now we are at that moment on September 12 when we march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We stand up and say that New York is stronger, better and we are ready to return to our open city. »

Adams then walked the parade route alongside Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell and other police officials, waving an Irish flag.

In the radio interview, he paid tribute to Irish heritage, highlighting the role of Irish-Americans in building many of the city’s infrastructure projects and their representation in the city’s uniformed services.

Mayor Eric Adams marches in the 2022 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Midtown. (Photo by NY1/Daniel Huppert)

“This parade is just more than just a ceremonial march,” he said. “It shows the strength of the Irish people. The Irish are the people who built New York along with so many other immigrants, and this parade is representative of that.

An array of elected officials, both city and state, were not far behind Adams on the parade route.

“How great it is to be back on Fifth Avenue,” City Comptroller Brad Lander said. “Look at this amazing crowd. You can feel New York City coming back.

Governor Kathy Hochul marched alongside State Attorney General Letitia James. The two were briefly adversaries in the Democratic primary for governor before James pulled out of the race in December.

It doesn’t look like either was planning to follow the mayor’s lead and sample the local pubs.

“I’ll go to bars,” James said. “But I don’t drink Guinness. I’ll stick to Jameson.”

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