2018 Parade Award Winners

The Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 Parade Awards Winners.

A ceremony honoring these winners will be held April 27, 2018, at the Irish-American Community Center. Congratulations to all of the winners.

Grand Marshal Award
Wilbur Cross High School Band

Parade Queen
Bridget Judd

Honor Attendant
Maureen Heeran

Tom Slater Spirit of the Parade Award
Band O’Brothers

Best Overall Unit
Mattatuck Drum Band

Judge’s Award
FDNY Emerald Society Pipes & Drums Band

Best Fife & Drum Corps, Senior
Stony Creek Fife & Drum Corps

Best Fire & Drum Corps, Senior, Second Place
Lancraft Fife & Drum Corps

Best Drum & Bugle Corps
Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps

Best Drum & Bugle Corps, Second Place
St. Peter’s Drum Corps

Best Pipe & Drum
New Haven County Firefighter’s Emerald Society

Best Pipe & Drum, Second Place
Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums of Danbury, CT

Best Fire Department
New Haven County Firefighter’s Emerald Society

Best Fire Department, Second Place
New Haven Fire Department Local 825

Best Volunteer Fire Department
Thomaston Fire Department

Best Fire Department Color/Honor Guard
Middletown Fire Color Guard

Best Police Department
New Haven Police Emerald Society

Best Police Color/Honor Guard
Yale University Police

Best Police Color/Honor Guard, Second Place
Connecticut State Police

Best Military Unit, Junior
U.S. Naval Sea Cadets

Best Military Unit, Senior
U.S. Coast Guard

Best Military Unit, Musical
102nd Army Band

Best Reenactment Unit
2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery

Best Reenactment Unit, Second Place
27th Regiment CT Volunteers

Best High School Band
James Hillhouse High School Band

Best High School Band, Second Place
West Haven High School Marching Blue Devil Band

Best Middle School Band
Mauro-Sheridan Middle School Marching Band

Parade Award Sponsorship

2018 Parade Award Presentation and Dinner

The 2018 Parade Award Winners will be recognized at the Annual Awards Dinner, to be held, Friday, April 27, 2018, at the Irish-American Community Center, 9 Venice Place, in East Haven.

On Sunday, March 11, Grand Marshal Patrick J. Smith 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, 2002 Grand Marshal, Kevin J. Smith. We will present his family with the commemorative signs at our annual Awards Night on April 27th.

Sponsor an award for the 2018 Parade.  Show your support for the Parade and those that march in it, and honor a loved one at the same time.

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Name on Award

Best Catholic School Unit
St. Francis/St. Rose of Lima School

Best Entertainment
Joseph A. Ferko String Band

Best Entertainment, Second Place
Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire

Best Float
West Haven Irish American Club

Best Entertainment Vehicle
WPLR 99.1 FM Radio

Best Entertainment Vehicle, Second Place
–  Radio 104.1 FM

Best Drill Team
Nation Drill Squad and Drum Corps

Best Drill Team, Second Place
FuSion Steppers

Best Charitable Organization
Trail of Terror

Best Irish Dance Unit
Lenihan School of Irish Dance

Best Irish Dance Unit, Second Place
Mulkerin School of Irish Dance

Best Irish Marching Unit
NH Gaelic Football & Hurling Club / IACC

Best Irish Marching Unit, Second Place
West Haven Irish American Club

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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