As we celebrate the 32nd Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade in 2014, we salute the 32 counties of Ireland. Each Irish county is rich with its own unique beauty, tradition and culture. Each contributed some of its heritage – notably the strength and love of its people — to life in Central New York.
It is fitting that, as we gather for our 32nd march down "Nancy Duffy Lane," we take a moment to salute the counties that started it all.
We embrace each and every one of those counties with music, marchers and floats paying tribute to communities from Antrim to Kerry, Donegal to Cork, and Mayo to Dublin.
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. Thirty years later, the Parade is stronger than ever—a grand tribute to the Irish of Central New York.
Since the Parade’s inception, we have been able to help support Project Children, founded by another outstanding woman, Kathleen Kelly. In 2005, we began the St. Patrick Hunger Project, to help feed those in need in Central New York. I am pleased to announce that due to the success of the St. Patrick Hunger Project, the food pantries in Central New York have been well supplied with food!