NEW YORK  (CBSNewYork)– Mayor Bill de Blasio joint locals in Queens Saturday to pay tribute to the first St. Patrick’s Day parade of the year.

“It all begins here in the Rockaways,” de Blasio said, as reported by 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern.

The mayor was booed last year for arriving late to the parade, but this time he was right on schedule.

“The whole city is celebrating with you, it’s an honor to be with you today,” he said.

Politics aside, residents like Michael are proud that his town hosts the first St. Patty’s Day parade of the year.

“It’s Rockaway Beach, big Irish community here. I think it just shows support, especially with what this town has been through since Hurricane Sandy,” he told 1010 WINS.

It was all smiles all around as the mayor and town took part in festivities.