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Irish band headlines Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade fund-raiser

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They rocked out for a good cause.

The Canny Brothers Band filled Bay Ridge’s Leif Bar on Fifth Avenue with music and high spirits on Feb. 25 to benefit the nabe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, which raises money for the annual event. The sextet’s singer and guitarist said the event — which raised $1,500 for the parade, according to committee rep Denise Frederick — was a resounding success.

“It was a good event, great turnout,” said Keith Fallon. “It was a great day, we had a lot of fun, a lot of good music.”

The 12-year-old group played classic Irish tunes from the Wolfe Tones and the Pogues, according to bandmate and Ridgite Mike Canny, who started the band with his brothers Steve and Tom, and relished the chance to support the parade.

“We were thrilled to be a part of it,” Canny said.

The parade is set for March 25, and will feature floats, twenty pipe and drum bands, and marching bands from local high schools, including Fort Hamilton and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, according to president of the organizing committee Linda Gallagher-Lomanto.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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