We will be posting answers to all your “Frequently Asked Questions” here over the coming days, in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any of your questions: chairperson@stpatricksdayparade.org


  1. When is the Parade? – Sunday, March 13, 2022. Step-off is 1:30 pm.
  2. Where does the Parade start? – Chapel Street at Sherman Avenue.
  3. What is the Parade Route? – The Parade begins on Chapel Street at Sherman Avenue, and continues on Chapel Street toward the Green. The route turns left onto Church Street, down to Elm Street, and disburses by Orange Street
  4. How long is the Parade? – approximately 3 hours and 1.3 miles
  5. What streets are closed? – The above-named parade route, as well as the Muster area (one block either side of Chapel Street between Sherman Avenue and Norton Street, and Chapel back to E.T. Grasso Blvd.) will be closed to non-parade traffic prior to and during the parade. See the Mayor’s Proclamation to the right.
  6. What time do the streets close? – Most are closed at 11:00 a.m. Church Street from Chapel to Grove St. is generally closed by 6:00 a.m.
  7. What time do the streets re-open? – Generally right after the parade passes. Each street becomes open
  8. Where is the best place to see the parade?–Anywhere along the Parade route. New Haven offers many great locations.
  9. How much does it cost? – It’s FREE to come see the largest single-day spectator event in CT.
  10. What if I can’t make it? – If you can’t be on the streets of New Haven, tune in live to WTNH for the live broadcast of the Parade at 2 PM
  11. Who puts the Parade together?– A group called the Associated Irish Societies d.b.a. New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. They consist of local men and women who volunteer their time and talents for this tradition.
  12. Is it safe to bring my family? Of course, parade day is a family friendly event where a number of us on the parade committee have made wonderful memories. There is a special area designated for our families at the Family Fun Zone. Click here to learn more about it!
  13. Is alcohol allowed at the parade? No, alcohol is strictly prohibited. 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.


Port-O-Lets will be available along the parade route and and throughout the City on Parade Day, provided by Town Green District, partners with the Parade.

Travel and Transportation

Public Transportation – Trains
– From the Shoreline (Branford, Madison, Old Saybrook): Ride ShorelineEast westbound to State Street Station or Union Station.  More information and schedules are available at the Shoreline East website.
– From the West (Milford, Bridgeport, Fairfield, NYC): Ride MetroNorth eastbound to Union Station or State Street Station.  More information and schedules are available at the MTA website.

Public Transportation – Busses – CT Transit alters the routes for bus pickup on Parade Day and provides advance notice in the bus pickup locations.  More information in available at the CTTransit website.

The New Haven Parking Authority proudly serves the people of New Haven and its visitors with over 8,000 economical public parking spaces at the Air Rights, Crown Street, Temple Street, Temple Medical, Granite Square, and Union Station Garages.  Parking is also available in selected Yale lots; the Crown and Temple Street Garages will be open that day with bathroom facilities available.  For more parking information, visit our Parking Page.

Vendor Permits

If you are planning to sell food or merchandise at the Parade you MUST obtain a permit from the
City of New Haven Building Department

All vendors are required by law to obtain a license and display this license clearly on parade day. All vendors in violation of this law will be ejected from the parade.



Sec. 18-39. - Regulation of consumption and possession of alcoholic liquor upon public highways, public areas and parking areas; consumption and possession in unlicensed premises prohibited.

Prohibited acts. (1)

Except as permitted in subsection (c) hereof, no person shall consume any alcoholic liquor, or possess any open container of alcoholic liquor upon or within the limits of any public highway, public area, or parking area within the City of New Haven. For purposes of this section, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the consumption of alcoholic liquor or the possession of an open container of alcoholic liquor in parked vehicles within or upon parking area or a public highway or sidewalk is a violation hereof.

New Route for the 2022 Parade