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The Mount St. Mary Academy Marching Band, featuring more than 100 musicians, dancers and color guard, represented our school and community at the recent New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The 35-block parade route took the MSM students up 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan, where they were joined by over 300 other marching groups from around the United States and the world. New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade dates to 1762 and is one of the city’s most beloved traditions.

“We were honored to have been chosen to perform in this parade,” said Mount St. Mary principal Dawn Riggie. “Our students rehearsed for months to get ready, and we are so proud that they represented MSM at this world-class event.”

The Mounties, clad in their signature black watch plaid kilts, braved chilly but sunny weather. Their trip to New York also included Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a Broadway show, visit to the legendary jazz club Birdland, and a cruise on the East River.

Mount St. Mary Academy has the only all-girls marching band in New York state. The award-winning group has performed at a 2009 Presidential Inaugural Ball, Walt Disney World, the Bahamas, and in Canada.