2018 Grand Marshal Patrick J. Smith

2018 Grand Marshal Patrick J. Smith, with his son Declan Smith

Patrick was born and raised in New Haven along with his five brothers and three sisters. He was educated in the City of New Haven attending St. Stanislaus School and then graduating from Wilbur Cross High School in 1990.  Patrick earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Albertus Magnus College and graduated with the honor of Magna Cum Laude. Continuing his educational endeavors at Albertus Magnus, he earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Patrick began his career at Yale University during his junior year of high school and has continued to work for Yale for over twenty-five years. Currently, he works as the Transaction Manager in the Yale School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.

Patrick is active in the community. He was a 2013 Honoree with the Connecticut Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as one of “New Haven Finest” professionals. He is a member of the SOHU (South of Humphrey St.) Neighborhood Association in New Haven and since 2009 they have planted over 100 trees in the community. In 2012, he was a member of the Hunger Action Month Committee to commemorate An Gorta Mor (The Great Famine). Working together with the New Haven Downtown Soup Kitchen, the committee helped raise money and awareness for those in need of food. In 2010, Patrick served on the committee of the First Annual East Rock Festival on Orange St. Since 1995, he has been a volunteer for the Christopher Martin’s Thanksgiving Day Food Drive and their annual Run for Children. Patrick is also a foster parent for rescues dogs with Karuna Bully Rescue.

Currently, a member of the Knights of St. Patrick, he served as the club’s President from 2013 – 2015 and as Treasurer from 2015 – 2017. Patrick officially joined the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Committee in 2010 at the encouragement of his fellow Knights. Through Chairing and Co-Chairing many events such as the Shamrock Open, The Great Guinness Toast and the Annual Cash Raffle, Patrick has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for the Parade. In 2014 Patrick was elected to the position of Parade Chief Of Staff and has moved up the ranks to Grand Marshal. Patrick is proud of everything the Parade Committee family has accomplished together over the past several years. He is deeply humbled and honored to be leading the Greater New Haven St. Patrick Day Parade down Chapel St. as the 2018 Grand Marshal.

Patrick, Annie and 3 year old son, Declan, reside in Hamden with their three dogs (Brando, Wyatt and Gordie).

Grand Marshals of the Parade

Being Grand Marshal of the New Haven Parade is unlike most Grand Marshals of other parades. Our Grand Marshal position is not a honoree position or special guest. The Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal position is a working position of the Parade Committee. He or She is part of the Parade Officers for that year overseeing the daily operations and working to raise funds. This person has worked as a Parade Committee member for several years (average 10+ yrs), and moved up the ranks in various positions. They include but are not limited to; General Committee Member, Special Committee Chair, Event Chair, Chief of Staff, Secretary, and Parade Chairperson.

On this page you will find information on our current Grand Marshal, a list of our Past Grand Marshals (modern time), information on how the Grand Marshal is chosen, and his/her duties.

Choosing our Grand Marshal

The Grand Marshal of the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade is chosen by the Executive Committee. This is done at its annual meeting in June.

The Executive Board consists of Permanent (Life) Members and Associate Members. The Permanent (Life) Members will include all past Grand Marshals of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This may also be called the Past Grand Marshal Committee. Associate Members include the Presidents of the four (4) Sponsoring Irish Societies along with the Parade Treasurer and Parade Coordinators, if not past Grand Marshals.

Ou Grand Marshals


Grand Marshal

2018 Patrick J. Smith
2017 Clifford W. Lynch, Jr.
2016 Colleen A.M.B. Hines
2015 Timothy F. Gallogly
2014 Kelly Canning Ruickoldt
2013 Joseph M. Lynch
2012 Kevin A. Smith
2011 Walter J. Nester, Jr.
2010 James J. McGovern
2009 Brian G. Enright
2008 Bernadette Smyth LaFrance
2007 Mary Lyng Malenda
2006 John E. Cannon
2005 Coleman W. Walsh, Jr.
2004 Eileen Sullivan Donadio
2003 Dorinda Keenan Borer
2002 Kevin J. Smith
2001 John J. Doyle
2000 Thomas E. Gallagher
1999 Michael McCann
1998 Mary Gallagher Carter
1997 Edward O’Neill
1996 Katie O’Keefe Gerhard
1995 William F. McCabe
1994 William T. O’Brien
1993 William M. Hackett
1992 Laurence McGivney
1991 Michael Bohan
1990 Thomas F. Slater
1989 Kathleen A. Reilly
1988 Cmdr. John R. O’Connor
1987 Robert C. Shanley
1986 Patrick J. Hanlon
1985 James H. Sullivan
1984 Finbarr Moynihan
1983 Capt. Walter J. Walsh
1982 Michael V. Lynch
1981 James C. Bohan
1980 Hon. Charles D. Gill
1979 Robert J. Eagan
1978 James J. Dinnan
1977 Stephen Madigan
1976 John C. O’Donovan
1975 Edward P. McMahon
1974 Raymond J. Eagan
1973 Wiliam J. Heffernan
1972 Joseph T. Carr
1971 William T. O’Connell
1970 Col. James T. Fleming
1969 Edward A. Taylor
1968 Ray Ward, Jr.
1967 Chief Francis J. Sweeney
1966 James C. Bowe
1965 Howard J. Sullivan
1964 Chief Francis V. McManus
1963 Col. Joseph H. Fleming
1961 John M. Golden
1960 Chief Thomas J. Collins
1959 Majr Gen. James M. Quinn
1958 Hon. James S. Shanley
1957 Patrick J. Goode
1956 William J. Clancy
Hon. Mayor Richard C. Lee
Hon. William F. Gallogly
Hon William F. Gallogly Jr.

Duties of the Grand Marshal

The Grand Marshal shall:

A)  Attend all meetings of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and as many standing committee meetings as possible;

B)  Lead the St. Patrick’s Day Parade;

C)  Review and sign the Parade orders;

D)  Assist the Chairperson on all matters pertaining to the Parade;

E)  Chair the General Committee meetings in the absence of the Chairperson;

F)  Meet with the present officers, along with the Executive Committee Chairperson, prior to the first General Committee meeting to explain the year’s plan;

G)  Be responsible for collecting minutes of each meeting, any correspondence, and all public relations material pertaining to the Parade. All this shall be kept in a binder during the year, and at the first executive meeting attended it shall be turned over to the Executive members;

H)  Be directly involved in all aspects of fundraising to support the parade.

7:30 pm Committee meeting: WHIAC @ West Haven Elks
Committee meeting: WHIAC @ West Haven Elks
Jan 21 @ 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[...]

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