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Parade History/Past Grand Marshals

The City of Utica's St. Patrick's Day Parade was started approximately 37 years ago by Johnnie Oakes and a small group of Irishmen that walked down Varick Street. At that time, the parade consisted of one band and a few vehicles. The parade was later led by a group of gentlemen that assembled at Roger's Coffee Shop known to many as The Rainbow Sportsmen Club. As the parade grew over the years, the Adelphia Cable Cares Club was asked to present the parade.
In 2008 the Great American Irish Festival, an all-volunteer organization, whose primary mission is to promote Irish culture and music was asked to assume the responsibility of parade presenter. This year's event is scheduled for:

Saturday, March 15th, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

The parade is considered one of the largest in New York State. Thousands of local families enjoyed last year's parade which included over 2000 marchers from Canada, Pennsylvania and throughout New York as well as our local favorites.

The 2014 Grand Marshal was announced to the public on January 26, 2014 at the Halfway to Great American Irish Festival Hooley to be held at Harts Hill.
It is Sister Maureen Denn of Utica.


Past Grand Marshals:
2013 - Russell E. Brooks II
2012 - Patrick Costello
2011 - Hon. Michael Dwyer
2010 - Frank Kealy
2009 - James O'Looney
2008 - James Kellmurray
2007 - William Barry
2006 - Tom Coyne
2005 - Dr. Daniel Murphy
2004 - Mike Austin
2003 - Bill Corrigan
2002 - Jim Simpson
2001 - Rev. Sean O'Brien
2000 - Charley Thomas
1999 - Joseph T. White
1998 - Dan Callahan
1997 - Kevin Kearney
1996 - Barbara Klein
1995 - Michael Simpson
1994 - Vincent Colgan
1993 - Bobert Kelly Sr.
1992 - Joe Kelly
1991 - Frank Dulan
1990 - Sen. James Donovan
1989 - Walter Doyle McIncrow
1988 - Michael McGuirl
1987 - Jack Callahan
1986 - Robert Griffin
1985 - Gerald Darby
1984 - James O'Brien
1983 - Vincent Bannigan
1982 - Howard Welch
1981 - Raymond Durr
1980 - John Oakes
1979 - Vincent Corrou Jr.
1978 - Jerome (Jerry) Morgan

John C. Devereux, organizer and Grand Marshal of Utica's first St. Patrick's Day Parade in 1824, was from County Wexford, Ireland