Please read the below message to all applicants, then click Apply Online at the bottom.

March 1, 2024

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Dear Potential 2024 Parade Participant:

On behalf of the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, it is with pride and great
excitement that I extend an invitation to your organization to apply for entry in the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 10, 2024

The Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade will once again partner with WTNH News 8 to broadcast the parade LIVE and provide real-time commentary. WTNH News 8, an ABC affiliate, holds the distinction as Connecticut’s first television station. Our partnership with WTNH News 8 provides for a larger viewing audience for all participants

We believe marching with us is an opportunity for any organization to experience a tradition going all the way back to 1842. The Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the sixth oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the United States and the oldest in New England. Historically we have over 3100 marchers and more than 250,000 spectators along the parade route. Our parade has received national recognition in the Library of Congress, through a project entitled Local Legacies, which commemorates and celebrates America’s richly diverse culture.

Marching units compete for professionally judged parade awards. The skillful and well-rehearsed
performances attract spectators to what has become the largest single day spectator event in the State of Connecticut. The parade route is approximately 1.3 miles long and units march on level ground the entire way passing sections of downtown New Haven, including the Yale University campus, and continuing past the reviewing stand located across from the historic New Haven Green.

In closing, I would like to take this time to thank you for your potential participation in this free cultural event. The members of the Parade Committee proudly organize this annually for the Greater New Haven community. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions regarding the application process for the 2024 Parade. We greatly appreciate your continued support and look forward to marching with you on Sunday March 10, 2024

All applications will be accepted using our on-line application. 2024 Parade Rules & Regulations along with application instructions can be found on our website. To participate in the parade, please complete the ON-LINE APPLICATION located at this link.

All applications must be received no later than JANUARY 31, 2024 Upon receipt of application, you will receive a confirmation email. After your application is reviewed, we will send you the status of your participation no later than February 10, 2024.

Patrick Smith
2024 Parade Coordinator


COVID -19 Precautions and requirements:
All current recommendations of the CDC and the City of New Haven must be adhered to on Parade Day by all units & participants.

Stopping along the route:
Stopping to perform along the route is not permitted, unless otherwise authorized by the Parade Coordinator prior to the parade. Any units stopping and performing in front of the reviewing stand or along the parade route
without prior authorization will be automatically disqualified from the competition and forfeit contractual honorariums.
Please ensure that all of your routines or performances can be executed whilst marching. There should be no participants exiting the line of march and into the crowd.

Competitive Judging:
The official judges for the marching and musical competitions are from the Northeast Judging Association. Judges are located at the reviewing stand on Church Street in front of New Haven City Hall. Units are judged according to categories and will compete for a variety of awards. The names of award winners will be published in the “New Haven Register” newspaper. Award recipients are presented with a commemorative plaque during the Parade Awards Night to be held in Spring 2024. Be aware, in the past, judges have deducted points for lack of uniformity, excessive spacing between units, blocking spectators by handlers, and flag code violations!

End of Parade Route:
The last leg of the Parade Route turns off of Church Street at Elm Street and concludes on Elm Street at Orange Street. Marching units are to disperse on Elm and Orange Streets, not Church Street. Please do not impede the flow of the parade participants by congregating on the path alongside Church Street.

Late Arrivals:
All units should arrive & check in with division Marshal at their designated staging areas no later than 12:30 pm on Parade Day. If your unit arrives late for staging, your unit will be placed at the end of the parade (no exceptions). No Candy or giveaways: Per the order of the City of New Haven; No items such as necklaces, candy, toys are to be thrown from automobiles, trucks, floats or distributed from marchers to parade viewers. Under no circumstances should anything be thrown or handed out from a vehicle or from parade participants. This includes promotional items. This is a safety risk for parade participants as well as parade spectators. Units found to be throwing items will run the risk of disqualification and may forfeit contractual honorariums.

The presence of placards, banners or other devices including pamphlets intended to spread propaganda, political views or to embarrass any group or unit of marchers are prohibited. All commercial or corporate promotions or signage must have prior authorization by Parade Committee. If you want to promote your business in the parade, please contact corporate@stpatricksdayparade.org for information on our corporate sponsorship opportunities.

Patrick Smith, coordinator@stpatricksdayparade.org or (203)-494-0640

Written requests may be sent to:
Coordinator, Associated Irish Societies, P.O. Box 9078, New Haven, CT 06532

No alcoholic beverages are to be consumed or carried along the parade route, or in the staging/assembly area, by spectators or participants in the parade. The City of New Haven Police Department will enforce penalties for disorderly conduct and alcohol violations.

Parade Orders:
Please read and bring copies of the parade orders for the members of your organization on parade day. For your convenience, the orders are published on our website, Parade Orders can be printed directly from the site: www.stpatricksdayparade.org, and at the link to www.paradecloud.com Availability of the orders will commence one week prior to Sunday, March 10, 2024.

Please pick category that most accurately applies to your marching unit.

Appearance Fee / Honorarium Requests (if applicable): Please ensure that you clearly denote your requested appearance fee in the Unit Request field when applying. If you fail to enter an Appearance Fee / Honorarium amount, we are not responsible for non-payment. This section is reserved for those units that would like to submit an appearance fee / honorarium request (if applicable) or special request.

Due to the policy changes with the City of New Haven regarding Police Overtime charges, we are asking all units when making a fee request to take under consideration our governing body. The Associated Irish Societies, Inc. is a dedicated non-profit volunteer organization that depends solely on sponsorship and financial support to operate. To meet our financial requirements in 2024, we ask all units to consider requesting a fee at or below those of 2023.

“What do you want an announcer to say about your unit? The Parade Committee does not keep files, photos, etc. of group descriptions from previous parades. Please provide a current brief description/history of your unit with this application that may be used by television announcers during the News 8 WTNH broadcast. If available, please email coordinator@stpatricksdayparade.org any photos which may be used in media releases to publicize the parade in various media outlets. Additional comments can be submitted with photos.

***No Exceptions:
Owners of motorized vehicles participating in the parade are required prior to March 1, 2024 to submit a “Certificate of Insurance” ACORD 25 and/or ACORD 27 form with the parade application and must name the Associated Irish Societies, Inc. and the City of New Haven as “Additional Insured” on the specified date of March 10, 2024 on ACORD 25 or ACORD 27 insurance form. ACORD 25 & ACORD 27 forms may be obtained from your insurance carrier. Please contact Coordinator if you have any questions! Please email the required ACORD 25 and/or ACORD 27 forms to the Coordinator@stpatricksdayparade.org when completed.

Floats are encouraged! The parade committee will strictly adhere to the following height and width restrictions: Vehicles can be no wider than 12ft and no taller than 12ft. (standard fire truck). The parade committee reserves the right to refuse entry of any float/trailer/vehicle that exceeds the stated parameters. Please contact Coordinator with any questions or concerns.

Please make sure your driver(s) can present a valid Driver’s License on the day of the Parade.

I recognize that the Parade is a family-oriented event and by submitting this application we agree to abide by the rules of conduct set forth in the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day’s Parade Orders for March 10, 2024.



If you have any further questions, contact Coordinator Patrick Smith at coordinator@stpatricksdayparade.org.


The Associated Irish Societies is an IRS recognized non-profit with 501(c) (3) status. All donations are tax-deductible. Donations are payable to the Associated Irish Societies.


St. Patrick's Day Parade Greater New Haven logoThe Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Connecticut’s largest single day spectator event attracting more than 325,000 people to the streets New Haven each year. The Parade is a longstanding tradition in the New Haven community, and the members of the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee volunteer to ensure the tradition continues.


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