City of New Rochelle Celebrates Irish-American Heritage Month with Ceremonial Gala at City Hall

On Thursday, March 28, in commemoration of Irish Heritage Month, the City of New Rochelle hosted the Irish-American Heritage Gala, honoring the community’s spirit and deep cultural heritage.

The joyous night started at City Hall’s Rotunda Gallery where attendees enjoyed a diverse culinary sampling featuring dishes from Beechmont Tavern, Lawton St. Tavern, Spectators Sports Pub, and New Rochelle Bakery. Gala attendees were also treated to a variety of entertaining performances paying tribute to Irish heritage, including Irish step dancers from the McGough Academy, New Rochelle Police Department’s Lt. Downs on the bagpipes, and Cate Sandstrom playing the fiddle.

The event honored Spectators Sports Pub co-owners Steve Morris and Gary Torigian for their decades of commitment, community spirit and philanthropy in New Rochelle. A family-run business since 1981, Spectators is an integral part of the New Rochelle community and the City’s downtown district. Giving back locally has long been part of their mission by regularly donating goods and services and hosting charitable events for a number of City and local not for profits and foundations including the New Rochelle Police and Fire Departments, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, local sports programs and other organizations, to name a few.

“During Irish Heritage Month, we honor the profound contributions and cultural heritage of our Irish-American community, who are a fundamental part of the City of New Rochelle’s history and heritage,” said Vincent Parise, Commissioner of the New Rochelle Department of Parks & Recreation, the City’s host for the evening. “Our ceremonial gala is a reflection of New Rochelle’s continued commitment to celebrating the diversity of residents who make up our great City. 

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