Cead Mile Failte  — A hundred thousand welcomes — from the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade tradition was born in New Haven on March 17, 1842, when about 90 members of the Hibernian Provident Society, a mutual aid organization formed the previous year, marched through the city streets behind a banner made especially for the occasion.

Lovingly sewn into the banner were traditional Irish depictions: St. Patrick in his bishop’s robes, an Irish wolfhound, a harp, shamrocks, and a portrait of Gen. Richard Montgomery, the Irish-born hero of the American Revolution. As Joan Moynihan and Neil Hogan, authors of “Images of America: New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade” explained, the banner had two mottos which bespoke the dual loyalties of the marchers: “e pluribus unum” and “Erin go bragh.”

Since the mid-1950’s the St. Patrick’s Day Parade of Greater New Haven has become one of New England’s premier Irish events. It is the largest, single-day spectator event in the State of Connecticut. As the 6th oldest parade in the nation, its fame was recognized by the Library of Congress in 1999.  This keepsake of New Haven’s Irish community became a national keepsake when the Library of Congress selected the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade as an outstanding example of American folk life. (Moynihan and Hogan)

Thank you to all who participate, attend and support the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade. An estimated 325,000 spectators lined the streets of the Elm City in 2012. We are finalizing the 2017 parade which will take place on Sunday, March 12th 2017. We are very proud of this great tradition and we invite you to enjoy the information and history of our great parade in the pages of this web site!

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What’s Going On

Feb
22
Wed
6:30 pm Painting for the Parade @ Off-Shore Restaurant
Painting for the Parade @ Off-Shore Restaurant
Feb 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Painting for the Parade @ Off-Shore Restaurant | West Haven | Connecticut | United States
Painting for the Parade Paint Social Art event to help support the St Patricks Day Parade. No talent needed. All supplies will be provided. A teacher from Paint Social Art will lead the group to paint a fun winter scene. Food and drink may be purchased at the venue. Cost: $45 per person. Contact: Nancy: […]
Feb
24
Fri
7:00 pm Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s ... @ Anthony's Ocean View
Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s ... @ Anthony's Ocean View
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 25 @ 12:00 am
Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Ball @ Anthony's Ocean View | New Haven | Connecticut | United States
Join the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee for the social event of the year. The Grand Ball will honour 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal Clifford W. Lynch, Jr.,James J. Dinnan Award recipient Porcini Internaltional, Cornelius Driscoll Award recipient Dorinda Keenan Borer, and Appreciation Award recipient Patricia Judge Nester. Enjoy a great night of […]
Feb
27
Mon
7:30 pm Committee meeting: WHIAC @ West Haven Elks
Committee meeting: WHIAC @ West Haven Elks
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Parade Committee meeting, hosted by the West Haven Irish American Club, at the West Haven Elks, 265 Main Street, West Haven, CT. Meeting begin at 7:30 pm, Subcommittee meetings begin at 6:30. Meetings are for committee members only. If you would like to join the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, please contact […]
Mar
2
Thu
10:00 am Lucky Ewe Sales Support the Parade @ The Lucky Ewe Irish Goods
Lucky Ewe Sales Support the Parade @ The Lucky Ewe Irish Goods
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Lucky Ewe Sales Support the Parade @ The Lucky Ewe Irish Goods | Hamden | Connecticut | United States
Lucky Ewe Sales Support the Parade Stop by the Lucky Ewe on Thursday, March 2nd, anytime between 10am -8pm to check out the new arrivals. There will be light refreshments, treats and raffles. Never know, maybe it will be lucky you! 10% of all purchases made on 3/2/17 go to the parade.