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Join Us for the 2016 Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade

Countdown to Parade

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig! (All the blessings of Patrick!)
The Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade began in 1982, founded by an amazing woman, Nancy Duffy, and a small group of her friends including Sheila Shattuck, Rev. John Ahern, and the late Tom Higgins. Thirty-three years later, the Parade is stronger than ever—a grand tribute to the Irish of Central New York.We are so proud that our Parade has been named one of the Top Ten Parades in the United States.
In 2005, we began the St. Patrick Hunger Project. The goal of the Hunger Project is to make sure no one in Central New York ever goes hungry. The need for nutritious food is now affecting our middle-class neighbors who may have become unemployed and our senior citizens on fixed incomes. It is our very own friends and neighbors who are suffering - probably in silence. The Hunger Project depends on what we deem the most generous people in the nation, right here in Central New York, to help up with this effort.

There is a donation button on our website and we will be posting appearances where we will be collecting actual donations of food. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us - we can use all the help we can get! Thank you.
--Janet Higgins, President

2016 Parade Theme -

The Fabric of our Culture — The Fabric of Our Community

The theme for the 34th annual parade is "The Fabric of our Culture — The Fabric of Our Community."

The theme is based on the fabrics — the tartans, woolens (both woven and knit), and lace — that have become a part of Irish tradition. The patterns are broadly symbolic of the culture yet often unique to a particular person or family. Just as the material itself became part of Irish life, the people who left Ireland to build lives in Central New York became an integral part of the community they joined.

Parade participants are invited to interpret the theme in their own way as they plan their floats.

Past Themes

New for 2016

The 'Rose' Returns; Hotel Hosts Dinner

Highlights of the 2016 parade events will include the return of the Rose of Tralee and a pre-parade dinner at the refurbished Marriott Downtown Syracuse, formerly the Hotel Syracuse.

The Rose of Tralee program was part of the parade's early years and returns in 2016 to honor a young woman who volunteers her time in service to the community. The parade committee invites women of Irish heritage between the ages of 18 and 23 to apply for the honor; one will be chosen to participate in parade events as the Rose of Tralee. The Syracuse "Rose" program is fashioned after the internationally known program of the same name. Anyone who would like to nominate someone for the honor should send an email to roseoftralee@syracusestpatricksparade.org. Applications must be returned to the same email address by Feb. 1. [Download Application]

The parade returns to its roots with the location for the Grand Marshal's dinner Friday, March 11 — the newly renovated Marriott Syracuse Downtown, formerly the Hotel Syracuse. The hotel was a major part of the parade's early years and we are thrilled to return there to honor our grand marshal. The dinner will be the first event in the hotel after a major renovation. Anyone wishing to attend should watch the parade website, www.syracusestpatricksparade.org, for information.

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Contact Us!

Questions? Comments? Drop us an email, info@syracusestpatricksparade.org.

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Come Marshal With Us!

Your favorite St. Patrick’s Parade needs volunteers to serve as marshals on Parade Day. You will be treated to breakfast on Parade Day, March 12, and to pizza, wings and soda at an organizational meeting March 9. Best of all, you get a one-of-a-kind 2016 Syracuse St. Patrick’s Parade T shirt.

If you’d like to volunteer your time and join the fun of helping to organize one of the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s parades, drop an email to info@syracusestpatricksparade.org.



2016 Grand Marshal

Joseph E. O’Harahas a long history of service to Central New York and involvement in the city’s Irish-American community.

He has been the executive director of PEACE, Inc., since 2001. O’Hara led the agency into a period of fiscal stability and program expansion. Under his stewardship, the agency’s annual revenue has increased from $14,370,154 in 2001 to $28,161,358 in 2010. At the same time, staff has increased from 300 employees to 460 employees and services offered to the community have increased across the agency.

O’Hara and his wife, Ann, live in the Strathmore neighborhood of the Syracuse where they raised their four children. Recently they became grandparents.
O’Hara began his career in Onondaga County working for the Department of Social Services and then the Probation Department. He went on to hold leadership positions with the state of New York (including several years as director of the State Fair) and Catholic Charities of Central New York. Throughout his career, his primary concern has been helping individuals and families struggling to overcome the obstacles of poverty. He has worked consistently to improve the quality of life in Central New York for the most vulnerable populations.

He is the son of the late Robert V. O’Hara, a Syracuse city judge, and Mary O’Hara, a native of LaFayette who graduated from Syracuse University at the age of 19. Our grand marshal grew up on West Onondaga Street in Syracuse, the third of 11 children. His oldest sister, Maureen, now deceased, is honored each year by the Teal There’s a Cure run, which raises awareness of ovarian cancer. The second-eldest sibling, the Rev. Michael O’Hara, is pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Lowell, Mass., and will be the homilist at the St. Patrick’s Parade Mass on parade day, March 12, in Syracuse.

The O’Haras are members of Most Holy Rosary Parish. O’Hara graduated from Most Holy Rosary, and received a B.A. in political science from Providence College and a master’s degree from Fordham University.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Waterford Crystal Award from the St. Patrick’s Parade Committee, the Outstanding New Yorker Award from the New York State Jaycees and the Providence College Alumni Association Faithful Friar Award. He has served in leadership positions with the Education and Human Development Committee of the City of Syracuse, Common Council of the City of Syracuse, Providence College Board of Governors and Syracuse St. Patrick’s Parade.



Gael of the Year

The 2016 Gael of the Year is New York State Court of Claims Judge Nicholas V. Midey Jr.

Midey is a longtime supporter of the Syracuse St. Patrick’s Hunger Project and has worked behind the scenes for many years to improve the lives of people in our community.

He was born in Seneca Falls and graduated from Mynderse Academy. He and his wife of 40 years, Marie Louise Midey, have four children. Marie Louise Midey is a nurse practitioner at the Syracuse Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Midey has served on the New York State Court of Claims since 1995 and ranks as the judge with the longest tenure. Formerly, he was a partner with Midey & Midey, an assistant public defender in Seneca County and town attorney in Seneca Falls.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and his law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law.

He has been honored with the American Board of Trial Advocates’ Award for Judicial Excellence and the New York State Trial Lawyers’ Award for Judicial Excellence. He is a member of the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Fourth Department of the Appellate Division, and a former member of the department’s Gender Fairness Committee. He is a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations.

He has served on the Republican Committees for Seneca County and Seneca Falls. He is a member of the Rotary Club, former chair of the St. Patrick’s Church Thanksgiving Appeal, former co-chair of the Seneca County Heart Association Campaign, Seneca County Cancer Society fund solicitor, alumni interviewer for Georgetown University and religious education instructor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Fayetteville. He received an award from the Syracuse Families of South Sudan for outstanding contributions to their cause.

 Past Grand Marshals    
Emerald City Scottish Pipe Band
Baldwinsville HS Color Guard