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 2014 parade which will take place on Sunday, March 16th 2014. 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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Oct
2
Thu
5:30 pm 2nd Annual Button Release Party @ Christopher Martins
2nd Annual Button Release Party @ Christopher Martins
Oct 2 @ 5:30 pm
2nd Annual Button Release Party @ Christopher Martins | New Haven | Connecticut | United States
2nd Annual Button Release Party See the unveiling of the 2015 Parade Button! Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 5:30 pm Christopher Martins 860 State Street, New Haven Live music from 6:30 to 9 by DynaMojo Prizes for the best button collection $3.50 Sea Hags by New England Brewing Complimentary Corned Beef & Cabbage Happy Hour […]
Oct
6
Mon
7:30 pm Committee Meeting: IACC @ Irish-American Community Center
Committee Meeting: IACC @ Irish-American Community Center
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Parade Committee meeting, hosted by the New Haven Gaelic Football & Hurling Club at the Irish-American Community Center, 9 Venice Place, East Haven, CT. Meeting begin at 7:30 pm, Subcommittee meetings begin at 6:30 pm. Meetings are for committee members only. If you would like to join the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade […]
Oct
8
Wed
7:00 pm KOSP Membership Meeting @ Knights of St. Patrick
KOSP Membership Meeting @ Knights of St. Patrick
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Knights of St. Patrick Membership Meeting, 1533 State Street, New Haven, CT. Meeting begins at 7:00 pm.  Meetings are for members only. This is a club event of one of the sponsoring clubs of the Associated Irish Societies, not a Parade Committee event.
Oct
10
Fri
7:30 pm WHIAC Membership Meeting @ West Haven Elks
WHIAC Membership Meeting @ West Haven Elks
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
West Haven Irish American Club Membership Meeting, at the West Haven Elks, 265 Main Street, West Haven, CT. Meeting begin at 7:30 pm.  Meetings are for members only. This is a club event of one of the sponsoring clubs of the Associated Irish Societies, not a Parade Committee event.

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