Buffalo St Patricks Day Parade
Written on February 4, 2016
Delaware Avenue @ 2 PM
The United Irish American Association of Erie County (UIAA) celebrated its 75th anniversary. Denice Morrison of Darien Center, NY was the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Diamond Jubilee Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. For this once in a lifetime honor Denice, chose her husband John Morrison, Chairman of the UIAA Executive Committee, her dear sister Shawn Baumgarden and her wonderful stepchildren, Aryn and Jason Morrison to be her deputy marshals. Her brother Jason Lorka, his wife Julianna and daughter Ellee traveled to Buffalo from their home in Arizona and lead a large contingent of family and friends honoring Saint Patrick and supporting Denice in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.
Before being elected to serve on the Executive Committee of UIAA, she volunteered on the work of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade for many years. Denice currently continues to work as a division marshal and is directly involved in the fund raising efforts of the UIAA. The UIAA has no paid employees, all are volunteers and raising money to fund the music in the Parade is a major effort.
There are several accounts of Saint Patrick’s death. One says that Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits, and as a preservative against the “evil eye.” Another account says that St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury, England and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Today, many Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York and Dublin city. A toast for St Patrick’s Day, “May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.”Saint Patrick’s Day?
Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide. Why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.
The most important element of Saint Patrick’s Day, after mass, is the Saint Patrick’s Day Parades. Over 300 Saint Patrick’s Day Parades around the world celebrate this famous Saint Patrick’s Day .
The beating heart of these Saint Patrick’s Day Parades are the Pipe Bands with their stirring music & powerful presence.