2019 Grand Marshal Courtney Lundgren Connors

Courtney’s earliest memories of the New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade were as a little girl standing with her grandparents on Church Street eagerly waiting for her father, a New Haven firefighter, to march toward them. She recalled waiting for the Queen of the parade- admiring her from the crowd, dreaming about a day where she might proudly represent the Irish community.

Courtney was selected as the honor attendant in 2007. The years have passed, but Courtney will never forget the excitement of that parade day. She knew as she rode in the parade for the first time, she wanted to be a part of the group that keeps this going, an event which continues to put smiles on the faces of young and old alike. It was a new road for Courtney, she was all in and suddenly, its 12 years later.

During her career on the committee she served as the Corporate Contributions Chair for 6 years. She enjoyed running many fundraising events for the committee over the years and was responsible for organizing the first Family Fun Zone on parade day in 2016. She also continues to serve on the Queen selection committee of the New Haven Gaelic Football and Hurling Club.

Now as Grand Marshal of this parade, Courtney feels immense pride in the role she has played in this tradition. Her husband and children have started their tradition of going to the parade every year and enjoying the day together. She feels honored to be selected to lead an amazing group of volunteers as they all march toward their common goal. Parade Day is a fabulous way to join her family and other individuals honoring their heritage and respecting tradition, because it is more than just a parade, it is the tradition that weaves together generations.

Courtney Lundgren Connors was born in New Haven, CT, the daughter of Martin Lundgren and Deborah Salemme. Aside from her roles on the committee, Courtney works as an Assistant Controller for Financial Reporting at Yale University. She also indulges her love of event coordination through her own business, Courtney Connors Events, coordinating weddings and events.

Courtney resides in Hamden, CT with her husband, Leo, and their three children, Leo, Ava and Roy. Her family is a tremendous support through both her professional and volunteer roles, and she would not be able to accomplish any of this without their unwavering love and support.

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.

Our Grand Marshals


Grand Marshal

2019 Courtney Lundgren Connors
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.