New York City St Patricks Day Parade 2017
Written on February 27, 2016
Friday, March 17, 2017
The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade can be viewed along 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Parade can also be watched live on NBCNewYork.com beginning at 11:00 a.m. on March 17.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Board of Directors has named Limerick native Michael J. Dowling, president and chief executive officer of Northwell Health, as Grand Marshal of the 2017 parade, Board Chairman John Lahey announced today.
He is believed to be the first head of a hospital to lead the 255-year-old parade.
Mr. Dowling had a long and distinguished career in education and public service before joining Northwell Health in 1995. He was a professor of social policy and assistant dean at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services, and director of the Fordham campus in Westchester County.
His 12 years of service in New York State government included seven years as state director of Health, Education and Human Services and deputy secretary to the governor. He was also commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services.
He is chair of the Healthcare Institute, a member of the North American Board of the Smurfit School of Business at University College, Dublin, Ireland, and a former member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences.
Mr. Dowling grew up in Limerick, Ireland. He earned his undergraduate degree from University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, and his master’s degree from Fordham University. He also has honorary doctorates from University College Dublin, and Hofstra University.
Since becoming president & CEO in 2002, Mr. Dowling has built Northwell Health into a regional clinical, academic and research enterprise that now has a presence throughout the metropolitan area. Northwell is the largest integrated healthcare system in New York State with a total workforce of more than 61,000 employees – the state’s largest private employer. With 21 hospitals, 6,675 hospital and long-term care beds, more than 500 outpatient physician practices and a full complement of long-term care services, Northwell is one of the nation’s largest health systems, with $9.5 billion in annual revenue.
The 2017 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is our country’s oldest and proudest Irish tradition, marching for the first time more than 250 years ago, on March 17, 1762 – fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence.
Today, the NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For 253 years, we have marched up 5th Ave. thanks entirely to the generous support of people like you.
“On the streets of New York since 1762 – the oldest, largest, and best in the world” The parade marches up 5th Avenue, clan by clan.
The Parade starts at 44th Street at 11 am and is held every March 17th, except when March 17th falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated the day before, Saturday the 16th because of religious observances.
The parade marches up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street all the way up past the American Irish Historical Society at 83rd and the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 83rd Street to 86th Street, where the parade finishes around 4:30 – 5:00 pm
Did You Know? From its earliest days, right up to the present time, our parade has been run entirely by volunteers, many of whom come from generations of families dedicated to the organization of the parade. It takes months of preparation and countless hours of time to run the world’s oldest and largest parade and we could not do it without the commitment of these great men and women.