2017 Parade Award Winners

The Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2017 Parade Awards Winners.

A ceremony honoring these winners was held April 28, 2017, at the West Haven Irish American Club. Congratulations to all of the winners.

Grand Marshal Award
– Irish Cultural & Sports Association of Southern Connecticut

Parade Queen
– Abigail O’Keefe

Honor Attendant
– Catherine Dignan

Tom Slater Spirit of the Parade
– New Haven Police Department Academy Recruit Class XXII

Best Overall Unit
– Stony Creek Fife & Drum Corps

Best Entertainment, 1st place
– St. Peter’s Drum Corps

Best Entertainment, 2nd place
– 102nd Army Band

Best Float, 1st place
– West Haven Irish American Club

Best Float, 2nd place
– New Haven Parks, Recreation & Trees, Outdoor Adventure Programing

Best Police Honor Guard, 1st place
– Judicial Marshal Services Honor Guard

Best Police Honor Guard, 2nd place
– Yale University Police Department

Best Police Marching Unit
– New Haven Police Emerald Society & Honor Guard

Best Fire Honor Guard
– Middletown Firefighters Color Guard

Best Fire Department
– New Haven Fire Department Local 825

Best Volunteer Fire Department/Color Guard
– Great Hill Hose Company – Seymour

Best Youth Military
– U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps

Best Veteran’s Unit
– VFW New Haven Post 12150

Best Regiment, First Place
– Military Order of the Purple Heart Nathan Hale Chapter 103

Best Regiment, Second Place
– USCG Sector Long Island Sound/ Color Guard

Best Junior Fife & Drum Corps
– Deep River Jr. Ancient Fife & Drum Corps

Best Senior Fife & Drum Corps, 1st place
– Mattatuck Drum Band

Best Senior Fife & Drum Corps, 2nd Place
– Chester Fife & Drum Corps

2017 Parade Award Presentation and Dinner

On Sunday, March 12, Grand Marshal Clifford W. Lynch, Jr.,had the great honor of leading our parade down Chapel and Church followed by approximately 3,500 marchers. These marchers are part of competitive groups who strive to improve every year and they are judged and ranked for their performance. We honor the winning units with a plaque recognizing them at our annual Awards Night.

A long tradition on parade day has been to rename Church Street for a deceased member of our Irish Community. This year the parade committee lost one of its own, 1999 Grand Marshal, Michael McCann.   Mike was an active member of the Irish American Community Center and St. Mary’s Church in New Haven where he volunteered at the soup kitchen and sang in the choir.  He was proud of his military background and even used his wonderful voice to record a CD called “Soldiers’ Songs.” On Sunday, March 12, 2017, Church Street will be named “Michael McCann Boulevard.” We will present his family with the commemorative signs at our annual Awards Night on April 28th.

Best Pipe & Drum, 1st place
– Connecticut Firefighters Pipes & Drums

Best Pipe & Drum, 2nd Place
– Police Pipes & Drums of Waterbury

Best Drum & Bugle, 1st place
– Connecticut Sr. Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps

Best Drum & Bugle, 2nd Place
– Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle

Best Reenactment
– 2nd Connecticut Vol. Heavy Artillery Civil War Reenactment Group

Best Parochial School
– St. Rita’s School

Best Irish Marching Unit
– 1st place, New Haven Gaelic Football and Hurling Club

Best Irish Marching Unit
– 2nd Place, West Haven Irish American Club

Best Irish Dancers
– Lenihan School of Irish Dance

Best High School Marching Band
– Notre Dame High School

Best Drill Team
– Nation Drill Squad & Drum Corps

Best Emerald Society
– New Haven County Firefighters Emerald Society

Best Entertainment Vehicle, 1st place
– Roaming Railroad – Camp Rising Sun

Best Entertainment Vehicle, 2nd Place
– Elm City Party Bikes