Manchester St Patricks Day Parade 2017
Written on February 3, 2016
Welcome to the St. Patrick’s Parade Website
The 2017 Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Sunday, March 26, 2017.
It will step off at noon on Elm Street in Manchester, RAIN OR SHINE, and proceed from Salmon to Central Street.
Many people wonder why the parade is not held on the actual day that others celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The answer is quite simple. It is vary hard to compete with the likes of Boston and New York when it comes to attracting quality bands, marching units and floats on the actual day. Besides…St. Patrick’s Day is a period of time, not a day, so why not streeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetch it out a little!!
Meet 2017 Grand Marshal Al Heidenreich
AOH member Alan “Al” Heidenreich has been named as the Grand Marshal for the 2017 Manchester Saint Patrick’s Parade. He was nominated by AOH member Dick Phelan. The committee consisting of the 5 most recent Past Grand Marshals unanimously selected Al for Grand Marshal.
Al was born and raised in the city of Manchester. Al was born to Ernest H. Heidenreich and Alberta Eileen Sullivan. Al attended St. Raphael School and graduated from West High School after which he studied at St. Anselm College.
Al joined the US Army, serving his country from 1951-1954, serving with the Military police in the Army of occupation, West German zone. Al spent his working life in automotive sales and leasing here in the city of Manchester.
He has been involved in his community throughout the years. He was a Scoutmaster, Little League coach and volunteered for every job that comes along with raising a family. Al and his wife Barbara have been volunteer ushers at the Palace Theatre for 25 years
Al is an active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), Rev. William Sheehan Division 1 in Manchester, NH and a past vice-president. He was instrumental in reviving the annual Communion Breakfast at St. Raphael Parish held on a Sunday in the month of October.
Al also volunteers with his AOH brothers regularly at New Horizons in Manchester, serving dinner to those less fortunate than himself and works at promoting the Gail Singer Blood Drive annually for the AOH members.
Al is the Founder West High School Alumni Association as well as the founder West High School Booster Club. He was inducted into the Manchester High School West Hall of Fame in 2007 and received the Spirit of Manchester Award in 2003.
He remains very active in the community, working with senior citizens at the William Cashin Senior Center on the city’s west side. Al is the founder and leader of the singing group “Forever Young” and they have been entertaining the senior citizens at nursing homes as well as veterans regularly for the last 6 years.
Al has his own television show on Manchester Cable Access TV, “In My Opinion” where he has been a vocal advocate for senior citizens, veterans and the Irish culture.
Al is a Past Commander at American Legion, Sweeney Post #2 and for many years has been an active member of the Color Guard for Sweeney Post. Al is also very active in all of the local Veteran’s projects in the community.
Additionally, he is a member VFW Post 8214, NH Korean War Veterans Assn #320 and a Life member of the NH Veterans Association.
Al and his wife Barbara recently celebrated 60 years of marriage and are looking forward to many more. They have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.
Al is a very busy man in the city of Manchester but always has time to help make the community a better place to live and always willing to promote his Irish heritage, even with a surname of German descent!
2016 Grand Marshals Named
Grand Marshal Bill Biser
Grand Marshal Mary Ellen Biser
Mary Ellen Riley H. Biser was born in Keene, NH and raised in Arlington Ma and Cape Cod. She graduated from Arlington High School and Wyndham Jr. College.
Mary Ellen moved to Manchester in 1979 and then to Bedford in 1993 where she still resides today along with her husband and Co-Grand Marshal, Bill. In addition, she is the mother to five adult children and the grandmother to thirteen grandchildren.
She volunteered at Beth Israel Hospital and Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick, MA as well as Purder Valley Hospital in Ft Collins, Colo.
Mary Ellen is very devoted to her family. Along with all of the duties assumed as a mother, she also served as a Team Mother for son’s East Little League baseball team, Cub Scout Den Mother for her son’s Cub Scout Pack and Brownie Mother for daughter’s Brownie Troop.
Mary Ellen is also devoted to her faith. She is a Board Member for Manchester East Catholic Schools and served as Vice President of the Trinity Booster Club for six years. She also taught CCD for St Elizabeth Seton for three years
On the civic side Mary Ellen continues to give of her precious time. She is a 22-year member of the Sweeney Post Auxiliary, the founding President of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians in 1996 and founding President of the State Board of the now-defunct LAOH State Board.
Mary Ellen joined the St Patrick’s Parade Committee in it’s third year as a Committee Member. After a couple of years, she became the Secretary. After husband Bill became the Coordinator, she left the secretarial position and became Bill’s assistant until the end of the 20th Parade last year. Mary Ellen was also the Grand Marshal Liaison for the past ten years. She did retire from the Committee almost four years ago!!
“Because of my love for medicine and hospitals, I have volunteered since I was married in 1970. I joined the Elliot Associates in January of 1984 and have volunteered since that time serving two terms on the Elliot Board of Trustees. I have been active in the Baby Portrait Program, the Finance Committee, the Antique Shows, the Christmas Craft Fairs, and many other programs. When I became President of the Elliot Associates it was during the Optima Health time and continued on to be on the Elliot Special Board when Optima broke up. This was an extremely busy time but a time where the Special Board had to make a decision whether to stay with Catholic Medical Center or to split and start on our own again. We went on to start on our own and this was an intense but educational time for me and the Elliot. I am still on the Elliot Associates Board.”
Because of her connection with the Elliot, she was invited to join the New Hampshire Association of Hospital Auxiliaries. Mary Ellen joined 16 years ago and has enjoyed being a part of a state wide Board to educate other hospital auxiliaries in our state about the newest ideas in their hospitals and volunteers.